NDCS research

Here you can find out about research projects commissioned or supported by the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Early years language and communication - a best evidence scoping review (2017)

This paper, produced by Dr Sarah Collinson of the National Deaf Children's Society for the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP), provides a synthesis of key findings from a scoping review. 

The paper is also available to download from the NatSIP website, along with a list of references and a video recording (login required) of a workshop on this subject. 


Ear Foundation: Using radio aids with pre-school deaf children (2017)

This research shows that the use of radio aids in the early years can have major benefits for deaf children and their families. 


DCAL: Research briefing on executive functioning (2017)

The Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) have produced a short briefing about how deaf children can sometimes struggle with their executive functioning (or their 'mental control') and outline some simple ideas for parents and professionals looking to support deaf children in this area.

DCAL research briefing on executive functioning 150kb

Briefing from Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) on deaf children and executive functioning.


Ear Foundation: Mild / moderate hearing loss (2015)

This research explored the experiences and views on children and young people with mild or moderate hearing loss from the viewpoints of parents and teachers. 


University of Manchester: Further Education (2015)

This research sought to identify effective practice in the provision of education and education support services for 16 – 19 year old deaf young people in further education in England (2015)

University of Manchester FE research - summary (403 kb) [pdf]

University of Manchester FE research - final report (1979 kb) [pdf]

University of Manchester FE research - summary in British Sign Language


University of Edinburgh: Post-school transitions (2013)

This research considered the post-school destinations of deaf young people in Scotland and the barriers they encountered in accessing post-school education, employment and training opportunities.  
University of Edinburgh research (post-school transitions)- summary (331 kb) [pdf]

University of Edinburgh (post-school transitions) full report (1917 kb) [pdf]


Ear Foundation: Additional disabilities (2012)

Since the advances in technology, there have been few studies considering the prevalence of additional disabilities amongst the deaf child population. NDCS commissioned a literature review to identify any studies that may have considered the prevalence of other disabilities amongst this group, and to further identify studies considering prevalence of deafness amongst the disabled paediatric population.


Association of Noise Consultants: Impact of improved acoustics (2012)

This controlled study looked at the impact that improved listening environments has on deaf pupil’s learning within a school in Essex and identified a number of other positive benefits for all pupils and teachers. 

The Essex Study optimised classroom acoustics for all (962 kb) [pdf]

NDCS summary of Making Sweyne Park School Sound Good (365 kb) [pdf]


University of Manchester: Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) in Infants (2011)

This research project concerns parents of children who were screened through the national newborn hearing screening programme in England (http://hearing.screening.nhs.uk/) and who subsequently were told that their child had an ANSD.

The research was published in the International Journal of Audiology in March 2012 Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder in the wider health context: Experiences of parents whose infants have been identified through newborn hearing screening programme


University of Manchester: Service delivery to deaf children with complex disabilities: what families want (2010)

This study looked at what parents of deaf children with complex needs want and need from services and of the barriers and drivers families experience in achieving optimum service delivery.

Complex needs and complex challenges report 941kb

Complex needs and complex challenges report


University of Oxford: Family-School Partnership to Promote Deaf Children’s Literacy (2009)

The purpose of this research was to promote deaf children’s literacy through, for example, developing new evidence-based resources and educational games for use by deaf children, their teachers and families.

The University of Oxford website has more information about the research.

The research has been used to develop two new evidence-based interventions for education professionals:


University of Manchester:Social care services for deaf children and families (2009)

This research sought to assess the impact of integrated service provision into the scope, quality and delivery of social care services for deaf children and their families. 

Executive summary
Social care report exec summary FINAL (61 kb) [pdf]

Final reports for phase 1 and phase 2
University of Manchester Report Phase 1 (2429 kb) [pdf]
University of Manchester Report Phase 2 (228 kb) [pdf]

PowerPoint presentation about the research
The impact on deaf children and their families of changing structures of social care provision (363 kb) [ppt]


University of Edinburgh: Impact of ASL Act for Deaf Pupils in Scotland (2009)

This research sought to assess the impact that the Additional Support for Learning (Scotland) Act 2005 has had on educational provision for children who are deaf or have a hearing impairment and whether the new planning mechanisms are sufficiently robust to ensure that deaf and hearing impaired children are able to access high quality education regardless of geographical location.

Briefing on the Additional Support for Learning report (148 kb) [pdf]

Executive summary on the impact of the education. (68 kb) [pdf]

Full report on the Additional Support for Learning. (807 kb) [pdf]


University of Manchester: Resilience and deaf children: a literature review (2008)

This article critically reviews mainstream (i.e. non-deaf-related) resilience literature to analyse its intersection with the concerns of the deafness field.

Microsoft Word - resilience_june_072.doc (204 kb) [pdf]