Training to be deaf-friendly

Are you a leader or coach working with children and young people?

Would you like to find out how you can genuinely include deaf young people in your activities?

Attend one of our courses to gain an understanding of deafness and learn how to make simple adaptations to the activities that you run, to ensure that they are deaf-friendly.


Our Deaf-friendly training courses are delivered throughout the UK and are aimed at professionals working with young people. Whether you run a football club, a girlguiding or scouts group, a dance or drama class, or any other activity that young people can take part in, this course is for you!


The National Deaf Children's Society offers places at a subsidised cost to both professionals and volunteers within their clubs, groups or centres.

Volunteers £30

Professionals £60

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Bespoke training can also be provided please contact us directly for more information and to discuss your needs.

Course participants from the last round of courses told us:

"All sessions today were very interesting and useful. I've got so much to take away with me. Thank you."

"Thoroughly enjoyable and interactive.  Great work!"

"It was a great course. The tutors were really friendly and very good as trainers. The activities were great fun too."


100% of participants told us they are now more confident in working with deaf children and young people

93% of participants said their behaviour would change as a result of the training - they would do things differently

100% of participants told us that the training exceeded their expectations!

What is covered in the Deaf-friendly training course?

Courses are 3.5 hours long and include:

Introduction to the National Deaf Children's Society and our deaf-friendly work

Deafness - what is it and how does it impact on deaf children?

Communication - learn top tips for communicating with deaf children, including the fingerspelling alphabet and some basic British Sign Language

Technology - find out about the aids and equipment that deaf children use

Health and safety - what should you consider?

How to adapt activities - learn some deaf friendly games that you can use with your group 

You will also receive information about resources that you can download for future use. 

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When is the next deaf-friendly course?

Please click the below link for information about our training events: