27 Sep 2012


Today The Children’s Society, in association with Kent Safeguarding Children Board will co-host a multi-agency one day workshop led conference focusing on the safeguarding of disabled children across the county.

The day will be chaired by Maggie Blyth, Chair of Kent Local Safeguarding Children Board, with keynote speaker address from Ruby Thomas, Head of Safeguarding from The Children’s Society.

The Chidren’s Society specialise in training on safeguarding issues and will be raising awareness of the safeguarding needs of disabled children and young people in Kent. The audience will be made up of practitioners and carers, managers and multi-agency workers who either work directly with disabled children or manage staff members who do.

Maggie Blyth, Chair of the Kent Safeguarding Children Board, said: 'I am really pleased to draw on the expertise of the Children’s Society in raising awareness among all agencies of the needs of disabled children and young people.

'Too often the particular challenges facing disabled children and young people may be overlooked and this conference provides a good opportunity to gain awareness, develop new skills and put these skills into practice.'

The day will strive to improve the knowledge of practitioners in Kent by exploring a number of safeguarding issues through the workshop led sessions. It will also give practitioners an opportunity to share some of their experiences.

Ruby Thomas, Head of Safeguarding at The Children’s Society, said: 'The Children's Society has worked with children with disabilities and their families for many years. We have been instrumental in challenging attitudes toward children with disabilities. This conference will help to improve the attitudes and values that are held by professionals and will focus on developing positive interventions and practices in Respecting and Safeguarding Children.'


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Notes to Editors

  • The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, ME14 5AA
  • The Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) is made up of senior representatives from all the main agencies involved in providing services to children and families in the county. It has overall responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements in Kent and for making sure that agencies work together to integrate and co-ordinate their services.
  • The board will ensure that agencies put the safety and welfare of the children in Kent at the heart of everything they do.
  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.