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 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.


NDCS education workshops


We're running another series of free workshops for Teachers of the Deaf and other education professionals on assessments in autumn 2015.

  • Wednesday 7 October, Ear Foundation office, Nottingham
  • Wednesday 4 November, NDCS office, London

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Please note that workshops in Cardiff and Belfast are now full and a waiting list is in operation. 

Flyer and booking form for assessments workshops (230 kb) [doc]  


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 15 December 2015  Healthy Mind (London) Dec 15 (173 kb) [pdf]


Bespoke workshops

Bespoke workshops  to meet your service’s specific needs are also available including on, for example, morphology, working memory, assessments, creating good listening environments, meeting the needs of children with mild or moderate hearing loss and implementing SEN reform and understanding what a good Education, Health and Care plan looks like. Contact for more information. 


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.
  • Various eLearning courses, now with BAA CPD points, visit AudiologyOnline.
  • American Academy of Audiology eAudiology offers online live and on-demand seminars, many free of charge.
  • British Society of Audiology 'Lunch and Learn' lectures - recorded lectures in association with Phonak, with the opportunity to email speakers during a limited period of time following talk.
  • Cochlear Academy offer a series of online presentations that have BAA CPD points about their cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids and accessories.
  • Department of Health in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies, visit E-Learning for Healthcare.
  • The Ear Foundation E-Learning modules and recorded presentations.
  • The Ida Institute offer modules through their e-Learning Lab which have BAA CPD points.
  • Live International Otolaryngology Network (LION) A Worldwide video conferencing network dedicated to Otolaryngology.
  • Recorded lectures given by international speakers are available to watch on Phonak eLearning site.
  • To download presentations and view webcasts from previous Phonak conferences.


Post-graduate study


Short courses and conferences during 2015


Short courses and conferences during 2016


Short courses and conferences during 2017


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

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.