Children with disabilities

in residential care in focus –


Providing high quality care for children with disabilities is specialist work. Our focus group brings together a ‘community of interest’ to reflect together on what makes for great care, together with opportunities to problem solve and hear about the latest issues and research impacting on this sector.

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In response to requests from RIs and RMs we have set up a regular meeting to focus on leading children’s homes for young people with additional needs and disabilities.

Whether you’re running short breaks or providing a permanent home for young people with disabilities it has been a challenging and at times scary year. We’ve been providing managers with lots of advice and support and agreed there needs to be a space where managers can receive focused information, CPD that relates to their young people and most importantly have the opportunity to regularly talk to other managers in the same position.

The sessions are facilitated by Christine Freestone, an experienced RI, headteacher of a school for children with high level needs, inspector (twice! once as a lead inspector) with an original background in paediatric nursing. Her underpinning skills and knowledge really empower the group to respond to the issues that matter to these young people and seek to continually improve your services

These meetings will take place for 3 hours, 3 times per year and will generally be online.

Next Meeting Dates :

7th July 2021  1-4pm

2nd November 2021  1-4pm

7th March 2022  1-4pm

Participants pay £99 + VAT per annum to attend up to three forums a year. See below for details.

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The event is open to registered managers, responsible individuals or nominated staff and is a great opportunity to share ideas, seek support and improve practice. 

RIs/RMs or nominated staff can join the group for £99+vat per annum, which will entitle them to attend the 3 group meetings and work together on issues of common concern. Typically the sessions will include specific CPD input on an area of research, practice, guidance or issue of contemporary concern (another name for COVID implications!). Sometimes we will invite guests from commissioning, the regulator, or speakers.

We are keen to make the model accessible and supportive to residential homes, so additional memberships each accrue a £20 discount per membership, i.e. subsequent memberships are £79, £59, £39, £19 then free. More areas coming soon…

dialogue will be responsible for invoicing. If you register we will securely store the information you give us. We will use this to keep you updated in line with your preferences. You can end your membership at any stage by contacting us and we will remove all your data. We will confirm all this by email.

To book a place please register below…

Please contact us for details.

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Further training opportunities to support children with disabilities

Young people with disabilities are almost four times as likely to be abused or neglected. In residential care, the risk rises further due to the number of people involved in their care. This course focuses in on the experience of children and young people, the factors behind the increased risks and how to address them.