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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Children and Young People

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


This section includes resources for parents and young people with disability. There are also links to key organisations who can support parents of children with disability, as well as resources that practitioners can use with children and young people with disability to help their understanding of protective
behaviours, respectful relationships and safety planning.


Children with disability: guide to disabilities

About this resource: The Raising Children Network website has information for parents about assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention and support for children with disability.

Applying this resource: A resource for parents and professionals working with parents who have children with disability.   

Support for parents of children with disability - About the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD)

About this resource: ACD provides free information, advocacy and support to families of children with
disability, from across Victoria. Their website also has extensive resources for families. They are a valuable support for parents who have children with disability and can provide secondary consultation to practitioners.

Applying this resource: For practitioners and parents who have children with disability.   

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

About this resource: The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is an advocacy organisation that works with disabled young people who are aged 12 to 25. They offer free advocacy services and run programs for young people to help build their skills in self-advocacy. YDAS is a core agency of Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic). YDAS was established in 2006 and is funded by the Victorian Government.

Applying this resource: An advocacy support service for young people with disability. 

Melbourne Playgrounds

About this resource: Information about accessible playgrounds and play spaces around Melbourne.

Applying this resource: A resource for parents or carers of children with disability.    

Safety planning with children with disabilities - Speak up and be safe – communication aids

About this resource: Scope was supported by the Victorian Government to produce a communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties, to assist individuals to identify and report abuse. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with children with disability.   

Safety planning with children with disabilities - Body cue card female

About this resource: To assist communication with children when developing safety plans. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with children who are non-verbal.   

Safety planning with children with disabilities - Body cue card male

About this resource: To assist communication with children when developing safety plans. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with children who are non-verbal.   

Social stories to supporting children’s understanding of abusive behaviour

About this resource: These resources are part of the Be Safe resource collection, and are social stories that provide information for individuals with autism on what are abuse behaviours including physical abuse. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with children with Autism.   

Choiceworks app – to support communication and routines for children with disability/younger children

About this resource: The Choiceworks App can be used to support communication and routines for children with disabilities (or younger children).  

Given it’s able to be customised, it could be used to develop a safety plan that a child can access on their device (if safe to do so).  

There is a cost for the App – $29.00 however Brokerage/Flexible Support Package may be able to fund this.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfetvhEe7eY 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with children with Autism.     

Safety planning tools for children - Helping Hands Activity

About this resource: This tool can assist children and practitioners to develop an understanding of who are important people and supports in their lives. These may be people a child can reach out to when feeling unsafe or worried. Suited to children developmental aged 5-14 years.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with children developmentally aged 5-14 years.

Safety planning tools for children – Safety Plan for Kids

About this resource: This tool can assist children and practitioners who are supporting them to develop a safety plan.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with children who are experiencing family violence.

Education support for children with disabilities - Department of education – Victoria - making reasonable adjustments

About this resource: Under the Disability Standards for Education 2005, education providers are legally required to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. 

Education providers must take reasonable steps to make adjustments in a reasonable time. 

Adjustments can be made: 

  • in the classroom 
  • in the playground 
  • to excursions and camps 
  • to the premises 

Applying this resource:

For practitioners to assist in working collaboratively with Victorian schools when supporting  children with disability and their parents.   

  

Education support for children with disabilities - Department of education – Victoria - making reasonable adjustments – Easy Read

About this resource: Under the Disability Standards for Education 2005, education providers are legally required to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. 

Education providers must take reasonable steps to make adjustments in a reasonable time. 

Adjustments can be made: 

  • in the classroom 
  • in the playground 
  • to excursions and camps 
  • to the premises 

Applying this resource: An Easy Read resource for parents with disability which explains the approach schools can take when including their child with disability. 

  

Education support for children with disabilities - Department of education – Victoria – Student Support Services Handbook

About this resource: A handbook that describes an operating model for Student Support Services (SSS) following its alignment with DET Areas. SSS do vital work in supporting students’ health and wellbeing and SSS are critical to building an excellent education system that reduces the impact of disadvantage. The SSS Operating model is explained and demonstrates how inclusion and wellbeing support is undertaken in Victorian Schools.

Applying this resource: For practitioners to assist in working collaboratively with Victorian schools when supporting children with disability and their parents.

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