Courses and events for professionals working with deaf children

This page lists events and courses organised by the National Deaf Children's Society as well as those run by other organisations.

Communication Support Worker (CSW) fund (England)

Applications for a new Communication Support Worker (CSW) development fund has now opened. The aim of the fund is to improve the level of BSL for communication support workers in England. If you would like to apply, please download the guidance note and application form and return to professionals@ndcs.org.uk no later than 31 January 2016.

CSW Flyer (131 kb) [pdf]

CSW Development Fund Guidance (107 kb) [docx]

CSW Fund Application Form (913 kb) [docx] 

The fund is being adminstered by NDCS on behalf of the National Sensory Impairment Partnership, with funding from the Department for Education in England.

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NDCS education workshops

Special educational needs reform

We may be able to deliver bespoke workshops in your area or for your service on SEN reform and the implications for deaf children. These workshops look at how to identify good outcomes for deaf children as well as the features of an effective Education, Health and Care plan. 

For more information, download our flyer: 

SEN reform workshop flyer (229 kb) [doc]

Other workshops

Bespoke workshops  to meet your service’s specific needs are also available including on, for example, morphology, working memory and assessments. Contact professionals@ndcs.org.uk for more information. 

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Healthy Minds - training to professionals

NDCS Healthy Minds programme explores good emotional health and well-being for deaf young people. We train professionals to deliver the series of sessions for deaf children with an emphasis on deaf young people finding their own solutions to the problems they may encounter. We believe this provides life-long learning tools. Tackling issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety, Healthy Minds encourages young deaf people to use positive strategies for dealing with change, managing their deafness, developing their self-esteem and confidence and building a repertoire of social skills.

Six sessions cover the following topics:

  • What is a healthy mind?
  • Developing good emotional well-being
  • Support mechanisms and looking after your body
  • Identity – Who am I?
  • Owning and managing deafness
  • I’m okay being deaf

People attending the training courses range from Teachers of the Deaf and teaching assistants to speech and language therapists, youth workers, paediatricians and clinical psychologists.  

Healthy Minds training

London 24 June 2015  Healthy Minds-June 2015 (London) (116 kb) [pdf]

Manchester  1 July 2015 Healthy Minds- July 2015 (Manchester) (117 kb) [pdf]

York 7 July 2015 Healthy Minds-York 2015 (117 kb) [pdf]

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e-Learning opportunities

  • Disability Matters is a free e-learning resource for the UK workforce with more than 57 modules that help challenge and positively change our own and others fears, ideas and attitudes towards disability and disabled children and young people. Includes Deaf Communication Matters focusing on improving access to services and communication with deaf children and young people.

 

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Post-graduate study

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Short courses and conferences during 2015

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Short courses and conferences during 2016

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Short courses and conferences during 2017

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Other courses

If you run courses and events for professionals who work with deaf children and their families, and would like to tell NDCS members about them, please email professionals@ndcs.org.uk.

You may also be interested in training and events run by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). Previous and current courses include successful commissioning, involving disabled children in choices and decisions, demystifying research evidence, involving disabled children in planning and reviews, supporting children, parents and families, and building a culture of participation. Further information here.

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