Social care resources

Scroll down to see our range of social care resources for professionals who work with deaf children.

Social care advisory service

We can provide free specialist advice to professionals on the factors that should be taken into account in any social care assessment of a child with any level of hearing loss and in planning and providing support. You can access the social care advisory service by calling 0121 234 9825 or emailing

More information about our social care advisory service


Advice on Working Together (2015)

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) advice to local authorities and Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) on implementing the government's Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance so that the social care needs of deaf children and young people are considered when developing or reviewing threshold policies and protocols.

NDCS advice to local authorities on Working Together (452 kb) [pdf]

NDCS advice to LSCBs on Working Together (409 kb) [pdf]

Please note that these advice notes do not yet reflect changes made by the Government to Working Together in 2018. However, its general advice may still be helpful. 


Social care support for deaf children - a NDCS report (2014)

What social care provision is available to deaf children in England? Read our report summarising what local authorities have told us.  


Resources for foster carers and residential carers or key workers (2014)

Two practical guides giving 1) foster carers and 2) residential carers and key workers the information they need to know when they start caring for a deaf child or young person. They include tips and advice on communication, hearing aid technology, sounds and how we hear them, useful equipment, myth busters and signposts to further information.

Guide for foster carers:
Deaf Children and Young People in Foster Care (2340 kb) [pdf]

Guide for residential carers and key workers:
Looked after deaf children - A guide for care workers 2014 (2323 kb) [pdf]


LSCB audit tool (2011)

NDCS and the University of Manchester have developed a framework to assist Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCBs) to review arrangements for deaf children.


Social care for deaf children and young people (2011)

We have produced this booklet to help social care practitioners in the UK who are not specialists in working with deaf children, young people and their families.

The emphasis is on practical information relating to access to social care services, assessment and child protection. It provides information and resources that should be used when working with deaf children and young people.

A separate file of the assessment questions for when working with deaf children and young people can be downloaded here: Social care for deaf children and young people assessment tools (131 kb) [pdf]


Deaf Children: Positive practice standards in social services (2002)

A guide for social services and partner organisations in England involved in the delivery of services to families with deaf children.


Information for parents

NDCS has also produced factsheets for parents on their rights under social care laws. 


Other useful resources

Find out about other useful social care resources for professionals.