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Neurodiversity and safeguarding

20 May @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Course outline:

Our understanding of neurodiversity is developing, and in acceptance has been most recently driven by the self-disclosure of many high-profile persons who share their narratives of vulnerability and resilience in relation to their neurodiverse traits.

This webinar explores what neurodiversity is, debates the deficit vs. superpower discourse, and explicitly explores safeguarding and vulnerability with a focus on key areas of safeguarding practice.

Training topics will include:

  • What is neurodiversity and what does the broad definition of neurodiversity include?
  • Deficit model or super-power: do they both spell vulnerability?
  • How diverse thinking and cognitive processing traits impact the planning and delivery of safeguarding practice with a specific focus on:
    • Child-on-child abuse
    • Adverse childhood experiences (in both children and adults) and trauma informed practice
    • The impact of masking on mental health outcomes
    • radicalisation

Learning outcomes:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of a range of neurodiversity
  • Improve understanding of possible vulnerabilities for neurodiverse people
  • Explore key areas of adult and child safeguarding practice through the lens of neurodiverse informed perspectives

Audience: Adult and child safeguarding practitioners, SENCOs, designated safeguarding leads, employee support / HR advisors and managers, charity colleagues with responsibility for beneficiary and employee welfare

Platform: Zoom (online) – webinar


  • SACPA Member Rate: £65
  • SACPA Additional Full Member Fee: £30
  • Non-member Rate: £130*


*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Sacpa CPD and events, please click here.


Gaelle Sullivan, Director Research and Inclusion, Director TIOB

Gaelle is Head of Research Services and Inclusion and joined the BSA in January 2023. She is an experienced senior leader and has worked in a range of state and independent schools. She is a qualified SENCO and holds a Masters Degree in Inclusive Education. Prior to joining the BSA, Gaelle was Deputy Head Pastoral, DSL and Head of Boarding at an all-girls independent school in the South-East.


20 May
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Event Category:


The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association
+44 (0)207 798 1585
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