Over the last twenty-five years in Britain we have learnt much about disability and the impact it can have for individuals to access education. The most authoritative and widely quoted research about how to safeguard children with disabilities was based on research from 1994-1995. Although the work was done by Sullivan and Knutson in 2000, it was based on information collected a few years prior to this. Safeguarding practice has moved on so much since this work was done and what was classified as a ‘disability’ is very different to our definition today. Today, we have a greater awareness of Autism, Asperger’s and Learning difficulties. Because of the Equality Act 2010, everyone should be given the opportunity to learn and have an education.
As a society, awareness has been raised and with improved facilities to diagnose Autism, Asperger’s and other learning difficulties, more is being done to promote equality. At GB Training (UK) Ltd we are experiencing more and more learners who have come through mainstream education with a Statement of Education and Health Care Needs Plan. For us, this is not seen as a barrier to learning, but a tool in which we can use to support their learning needs and well-being.
What does a parent of an Autistic Child think?
Autism is often viewed as an invisible disability. One of our staff members at GB Training is a parent to a six-year-old Autistic son, she fought to get a statement of Education and Health Care Needs plan and shares her concerns for his future education.
“My son attends a special school which is for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although academically he strives, he does have issues which need specialist understanding and support to enable him to learn. I worry about his future education placement, if this isn’t the right place it could have irreversible implications on his wellbeing. We do not know if he will sit exams, and if it is deemed he can, I have concerns about his levels of anxiety.”
How does GB Training (UK) Ltd reassure parents and learners with learning difficulties?
We are not a specialised centre; however, we do our best to find out about learners needs right at the start by getting to know potential learners. Where there is a disclose of additional learning needs we work with you to see if we can support the learner’s needs for education. We ask for consent to view the Statement of Education and Health Care Needs to assess if we need to signpost learners to other services, or if we can offer an apprenticeship with the correct level of support. Our dedicated safeguarding team are open to discuss any concerns and strategies that need to be used to offer a vocational learning programme.
We also have a team of occupational experts in the Health and Social Care team who can advise assessors and support the planning of learning programmes.
It’s in our values!
We believe that we must strive to maintain the highest level of professional integrity in our day-to-day encounters, whilst providing a service which is always friendly and approachable.
We applaud diversity.
We are professional and friendly.
Get in touch
If you are a potential learner who may be anxious about accessing education our recruitment and safeguarding team will be happy to discuss your learning needs with you. Why not attend one of our open days to come along and find out more about the opportunities available to you.
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