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Social Care Advisory Service - for Professionals Working with Deaf Children

The National Deaf Children’s Society is a leading charity for children with a hearing loss. They are now providing a free service to professionals.

Deafness can pose a significant risk to deaf children’s social, emotional and intellectual development. In some cases, a lack of parental support for the child’s hearing may constitute neglect.

To help practitioners meet the needs of deaf children, they’ve launched a new and free social care advisory service for social care as well as other professionals working with deaf children, young people and their families.

The advisory line will provide information and support to professionals looking for specialist advice on meeting the needs of children with any level of hearing loss when, for example, considering referrals, undertaking assessments or providing services to deaf children from early help through to statutory provision.

The support is available to staff in a range of social care services such as:

  • Early support and intervention
  • Assessment and intake
  • Child protection/public protection teams
  • Children disability teams
  • Looked after
  • Fostering and adoption
  • Leaving care
  • Youth offending services
  • Policy and planning services/Safeguarding children’s boards

The advice will be provided by their social care policy advisor with almost 20 years of experience as a qualified social worker working directly with deaf children and their families in social work settings. 

More information about the service can be found here:

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Last updated: 12 Sep 2022