NDCS Wales - responses to consultations

Here you can find out about which consultations in Wales we have responded to, and read our responses. You can also find our responses to calls for evidence on this page.

September 2017: Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People

Read the consultation response by National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru to the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s consultation on Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People.

September 2017: Revised School Organisation Code

In this response, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru calls for greater emphasis to be placed on the importance of considering special educational needs provision when reorganising schools.

July 2017: Regulations on sharing student information

In this response, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru calls for improved data on deaf learners aged 16+. Welsh Government statistics demonstrate significant attainment gaps between deaf learners and their peers at school, but we need to ensure this gap continues to be monitored in the latter stages of young deaf people’s education and to ensure these young people are meeting their future aspirations.

May 2017: Apprenticeship consultation

Read our response to the National Assembly for Wales consultation on apprenticeships.

April 2017: Safeguarding Guidance

Read our response to the consultation on Statutory guidance in relation to Part 7 of the Act, on Handling Individual Cases to Protect Children and Adults at risk.

April 2017: Consistent Measures for post-16 learning in Wales

Read our response on Consistent Measures for post-16 learning in Wales.

February 2017: Children, Young People and Education Committee Inquiry into the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill

This consultation was to assist the Committee in its scrutiny of a draft Bill that will change the way that learner support needs are planned for. We submitted a response in collaboration with other deaf organisations and another more detailed response by the National Deaf Children's Society.

ALN and Educational Tribunal CYPE Inquiry response from deaf organisations [pdf]

National Deaf Children's Society response to CYPE Committee Inquiry ALNET Bill [docx]

February 2017: Consultation on First 1,000 Days

Our response to the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s consultation calling for early years professionals to have a greater understanding of the impact of childhood deafness; are able to recognise signs and symptoms of childhood deafness; and are able to provide effective advice, support and signposting for families by the use of provision pathways.

January 2017: Inquiry into Teachers’ Professional Learning and Education

In this response to an inquiry by the Welsh Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee, National Deaf Children's Society calls for teacher training and continued professional development to include basic deaf awareness and an understanding of person centred practice and the system for supporting learnings with additional learning needs.

November 2016: Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales: Implementation

We responded to the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s call for information as it embarks on scrutinising the Welsh Government’s curriculum review. We highlighted the need to consider key issues for deaf learners, including raising deaf awareness among teachers.

November 2016: Children, Young People and Education Committee Inquiry into Statutory Advocacy

In this response, we highlights the importance of ensuring that advocacy services are accessible to the young deaf population and equipped to meet varying communication needs.

October 2016: Draft criteria for the accreditation of Initial Teacher Education programmes in Wales

In this response, the National Deaf Children's Society urges that basic deaf awareness be covered within teacher training programmes.

NDCS Cymru response to ITE consultation October 2016 [docx]
NQT deaf factsheet

September 2016: Children, Young People and Education Committee Inquiry into Youth Work

In response to this inquiry, we highlighted some specific barriers that deaf young people can face in accessing youth work in Wales.

September 2016: Priorities for the Children, Young People and Education Committee

We responded to  this consultation, inviting the public to outline issues that they would like the committee to look into. We highlighted our willingness to work with the Committee in relation to the ongoing development of the Additional Learning Needs Bill , curriculum review, teacher training and the special educational needs workforce review. Our Wales Youth Advisory Members also used this opportunity to highlight the need for more opportunities to learn BSL, expressing in their own words why they think the Committee should look into this issue.

March 2016: Together for Mental Health Delivery Plan 2016-19

In our response we raise concern about the lack of specific performance measures for addressing the specific emotional health an well-being needs of deaf children and young people.

April 2016: Supporting learners with healthcare needs: Draft guidance

In our response we highlight the importance of ensuring that Individual Healthcare Plans work as part of the broader system to ensure that deaf children and young people are appropriately supported with their learning both at school and during periods of extended absence.

January 2016: How do we measure the health of a nation?

In our response we raise concerns regarding the proposal that sensory loss would not be included as a specific indicator within this framework. Additionally, we highlighted the importance of good data and appropriate indicators when looking at health outcomes for deaf children and young people.

December 2015: Draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill

This consultation sought views on a draft law that would change the way in which additional learning needs are assessed and planned for, replacing Statements and IEPs with a new plan called an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

November 2015 - Sense play consultation

Our response highlights the impact of play on children with multiple needs and their families; and the barriers they face.

November 2015: Draft guidelines for local authority counselling services and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services on collaborative working

This consultation sought views on guidelines for local authority counselling services and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The National Deaf Children's Society contributed a short response focusing on the importance of ongoing training and tool kits for front line professionals.

November 2015: Our response to CYPE Committee Inquiry on ALN Bill

We responded to the Children Young People and Education Committee inquiry on the draft ALN Bill. We will be submitting a further, more detailed response to the formal Welsh Government consultation, which closes at the end of December.

October 2015: Welsh Government Green Paper: Our Health, Our Health Service

This consultation looks at the quality, governance and functions of the NHS in Wales. In this response the National Deaf Children's Society highlights the importance of patient participation and the need for greater obligation to be placed on the Welsh NHS to proactively ensure that their systems and communication mechanisms are appropriate and easily accessible for all.

October 2015 - Shared Future: Draft Statutory Guidance for the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

This consultation focuses on the statutory guidance which sets out how duties established under the Well-being of Future Generations Act will function in practice.  In this response we welcome the introduction of specific duties under the Act such as the duty for public bodies to produce wellbeing plans. However, we have highlighted the challenges facing deaf children and young people specifically with regard to accessing employment, communication support in accessing the health service and appropriate engagement tools for the development of well being plans.

July 2015: Welsh Government Equality Objectives

The Welsh Government has been consulting on whether to change or update their Equality Objectives for the period 2016-2020. In our response the National Deaf Children's Society says that more consideration should be given to the needs of disabled children, in particular deaf children, in many of the objectives.

April 2015: Apprenticeships consultation

The Welsh Government has been looking at changing the way apprenticeships are delivered. The Government wants to develop a responsive and resilient apprenticeship system that will support economic growth, be responsive to the needs of the future economy, provide a range of skills that aid social mobility and ensure equality of opportunity. National Deaf Children's Society says that the needs of deaf young people need to be taken into consideration in the new system and that apprenticeships should be included in the proposals to reform Additional Learning Needs support.

Developing Apprenticeships for the Welsh Economy [pdf] 

July 2015: Changes to Disabled Students’ Allowance

National Deaf Children's Society has expressed concern at proposals by Student Finance Wales to change the Disabled Students’ Allowance paid to students in Higher Education. We are particularly concerned that there may be restrictions on using DSA to pay for note-takers and other support for deaf students.

July 2015: Registration of School Learning Support Workers with the Education Workforce Council

The Welsh Government would like to register support workers in schools and further education institutions. In this response, we call for this to be used as an opportunity to maintain an accurate picture of the support available to deaf learners and to enhance communication avenues for information to support workers.

 

February 2015: Mudiad Meithrin

Mudiad Meithrin is a voluntary organisation and is the main provider of Welsh-medium early years care and education in the voluntary sector. The organisation recently published its strategic vision for the next ten years. 22,000 children attend Mudiad Meithrin’s playgroups every week and special emphasis is placed on language development and the personal, social and emotional development of the children. We welcome the strategy, in particular the emphasis on providing opportunities for children with additional needs to learn and play in Welsh.

 Mudiad Meithrin (Cymraeg) [pdf]

 Mudiad Meithrin [pdf]

January 2015: Design in the Planning Process

We responded to a consultation by the Welsh Government on “Design in the Planning Process”. The Welsh Government proposes to remove the mandatory requirement for Design and Access Statements from primary legislationNational Deaf Children's Society is concerned that this could have an adverse impact on deaf children, especially in schools, where ensuring good acoustics is of such importance.

December 2014: Early Years Workforce Plan

The Welsh Government has published a document outlining how it wishes to see the early years, childcare and play workforce developing over the next ten years. The aim is to have a workforce that is highly regarded (a career of choice); understands how children learn and develop; structures activities and time to support all children to develop to their full potential; are proactive learners in their own right; and is bilingual. National Deaf Children's Society has welcomed the intention to have a more skilled early years workforce but is disappointed that there is no mention of how this workforce will support children with additional learning needs.

November 2014: Inquiry into Assisting Young People into Work

The National Assembly for Wales’ Enterprise and Business Committee is undertaking an inquiry on assisting young people into work. NDCS Cymru has responded looking specifically at the question “What can be done to assist the groups of young people who are more affected by barriers to re-entering the labour market, for example those with disability?” NDCS Cymru has called for better support for deaf young people in the transition between school and work. 

July 2014: Additional Learning Needs Reform

The Welsh Government has published its proposals to introduce a new legislative framework for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs. This will replace existing legislation for the assessment and provision of support for learners with special educational needs in schools and learning difficulties and/or disabilities in post-16 education and training.
NDCS Cymru broadly welcomes many of the proposals, especially to include children and young people from 0-25 years old in the new system. But we have some concerns about how the new Code of Practice will be implemented. As part of NDCS Cymru’s response to the proposals we also consulted with a group of deaf children and young people at a school in Cardiff and their response was submitted separately, you can see this response here: ALN Reform - CYP consultation response (104 kb) [pdf]

June 2014: Review of the Curriculum in Wales

In March 2014 Huw Lewis, the Welsh Minister for Education and Skills, announced the appointment of Professor Graham Donaldson to lead a wide-reaching and independent review of assessment and the national curriculum in Wales. Professor Donaldson has been asked to articulate a clear, coherent vision for assessment and the national curriculum in Wales from Foundation Phase to Key Stage 4 linking directly to the new qualifications system. Professor Donaldson called for evidence for this review and we have responded.

June 2014: Curriculum review phase 1

The Welsh Government is currently conducting a comprehensive review of the Curriculum  in Wales. The review is being done in several stages and we are responding to each stage to ensure that the needs of deaf pupils in Wales are taken into account. This consultation was looking at revising the Language, Literacy and Communication Skills and Mathematical Development Areas of Learning. It also looks at proposals to review the Programmes of Study in English, Welsh (first language) and Mathematics.

February 2014: Children's Rights Scheme 2014

The National Assembly for Wales passed the Rights of Children and Young Persons Measure in 2011 which places a duty on the Welsh Government Ministers to have due regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in all their work. This draft Children’s Rights Scheme explains how they intend to exercise this duty. In our response we call for the Welsh Government to ensure that deaf children and young people’s needs are taken into account and that they are involved in monitoring the scheme.

February 2014: Inquiry into Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS)

The National Assembly for Wales’ Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking an Inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). It is  looking at the availability and provision of CAMHS across Wales. In our response National Deaf Children's Society says that the service for deaf children and young people is totally inadequate. A specific provision pathway for deaf children and young people was promised in 2010 but there has been little or no progress.

February 2014: Proposals for revised curriculum and assessment arrangements for Wales

Read our response to the Welsh Government’s review of curriculum and assessment requirements in Wales with a focus on the Literacy and Numeracy framework.

October 2013: Guidance for Social Workers - Care Council for Wales consultation

We responded to a consultation by the Care Council for Wales on the draft practice guidance for social workers registered with the Care Council for Wales.

October 2013: Revised guidance on safeguarding children in education

We have responded to the Welsh Government's consultation on Revised guidance on safeguarding children in education.

September 2013: The Future Delivery of Education Services in Wales

NDCS Cymru was disappointed by the lack of reference to additional learning needs within this  report on improving education services in Wales. Our response highlights that deaf pupils can face barriers in education and makes a series of suggestions for how the recommendations within the report could be improved to better encapsulate these learners. Our response also highlights NDCS Cymru’s reservations regarding the recommendation to devolve funding for supporting learners with ALN to clusters of schools and how this would for relatively low incidence needs such as deafness.

September 2013: Draft Education (Wales) Bill

In this response, NDCS Cymru welcomes increased rights of appeal around support plans for post-16 students with additional learning needs. However, we also seek reassurances on a number of points, including the impact of devolving funding for post-16 support to local authorities and Further Education Institutions. This response is a joint response with RNIB Cymru, which has also been endorsed by SENSE Cymru.

August 2013: The draft Welsh in Education Strategic Plans (Wales) Regulations

In this response, NDCS Cymru highlights the need for local authorities to consider access to specialist support for deaf pupils who learn through the Welsh medium.

October 2012: Consultation on the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and Tests

In this response, NDCS Cymru urges the Welsh Government to take steps to ensure that its new literacy and numeracy framework is accessible to deaf pupils. We also call for the Welsh Government to raise awareness of the particular challenges that deaf pupils can face in developing literacy and numeracy skills.

May 2013: Consultation on the Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill

In this response, NDCS Cymru highlights the need to consider how this Bill will operate in conjunction with other policy developments such as the devolution of funding to FEIs to support learners with additional learning needs and the current review of support plans for learners with additional needs.

May 2013: Development of a National Standards and Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People Advocacy Services in Wales

In this response, NDCS Cymru highlights the need for children and young people advocacy services to be accessible to the young deaf population.

March 2013: Consultation on the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill

NDCS Cymru was invited by the Health and Social Care Committee to respond to the draft Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill. In our response, we highlight the need for deaf children and young people to be clearly eligible for an assessment of need under the new system. We also respond to the part of the bill that calls for local authorities to hold a register of deaf people.

January 2013: Draft School Organisation Code

In this response, NDCS Cymru makes recommendations to help ensure that specialist SEN resource bases and the needs of SEN pupils are thoroughly considered in proposals to reorganise schools.

December 2012: Welsh Government Framework for Action on Independent Living

This document outlines some of the key actions the Welsh Government has identified to help tackle the barriers that disabled people face. In this response, NDCS Cymru urges the Welsh Government to take action to address barriers that deaf young people may face as they move towards independence.

December 2012: Wales Code for School Admissions and School Admission Appeals

This code outlines  how schools in Wales should make decisions around admissions and the operation of the admission appeals process. Our response highlights ways in which the guidance could provide more clarification around the duties schools have when enrolling a child with a disability.

October 2012: Forward in Partnership for children and young people with additional needs

The Welsh Government is proposing to change Special Educational Needs system in Wales, which would mean replacing Statements and Individual Education Plans with a new assessment process and support plan. While NDCS Cymru welcomes some aspects of the proposals, we have a number of serious concerns about how these proposals would work in practice. In particular, we are keen to ensure that families rights to appeal are not weakened. NDCS Cymru would like to thank the parents who attended our focus group sessions to discuss these reforms and the Wales members of the NDCS Youth Advisory Board, whose views have helped to inform our response.

NDCS Cymru has also submitted a response as part of an Alliance to highlight concerns about the proposals which are shared with other third sector organisations:

Third Sector Additional Needs Alliance Response (291 kb) [pdf]

NDCS Cymru response Forward in partnership for children and young people with additional needs 292kb

NDCS Cymru response Forward in partnership for children and young people with additional needs

September 2012: Further and Higher Education (Wales) Bill

In this response, NDCS Cymru urges the Welsh Government to put monitoring measures in place prior to devolving funding for supporting students with additional needs to colleges. We also urge the Welsh Government to take action to ensure new further education buildings meet acoustic standards and highlight our willingness to discuss fair access to Higher Education with the Welsh Government.

August 2012: Review of qualifications for 14 to 19 year-olds in Wales

The Welsh Government is reviewing qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds in Wales. In this response, NDCS Cymru highlights points that should be considered to ensure that qualifications are accessible and effective for deaf learners.

July 2012: Proposals to introduce regulations for mandatory training for governors

In this response, NDCS Cymru highlights the importance of ensuring that governing bodies are aware of their duties in relation to ensuring that schools are inclusive of pupils with special educational needs, including deaf pupils.

July 2012: Together for Mental Health


In this response, NDCS Cymru urges the Welsh Government to move forward with the development of care pathways for deaf young people experiencing mental health problems. Our response also highlights the importance of raising deaf awareness among professionals such as GPs and school counsellors, in order to help ensure that services are accessible to the young deaf population.

June 2012: Consultation on Statutory Guidance on Play Opportunities

This consultation relates to new statutory guidance for Welsh local authorities on their duty to assess and provide sufficient play opportunities. Within this duty, local authorities are required to pay regard to the needs of disabled children. In this response, NDCS Cymru highlights that deaf children and young people in Wales have told us that they would like improved access to sport and leisure. Our response highlights our wish for local authorities to specifically assess the accessibility of play and leisure opportunities for deaf children and young people in the local area.

June 2012: Social Services (Wales) Bill

The Welsh Government is planning to make a number of changes to social services in Wales. NDCS Cymru responded to this consultation in order to highlight points that should be considered in order to ensure that these changes are effective for deaf children and young people.

March 2012: Shared Purpose – Shared Delivery

In this response, NDCS Cymru calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that new local strategic plans will consider the needs of disabled children and young people in the area.

March 2012: Inquiry into problems with the NHS for the Deaf

The Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee has held an inquiry into barriers that deaf people face in accessing the NHS in Wales. NDCS Cymru has endorsed the attached response from Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, which highlights the recommendations made in its recent report on accessible healthcare for people with a sensory loss.

Sensory Loss report (853 kb) [pdf]

February 2012: Auxiliary aids and services for disabled children

NDCS Cymru responded to this consultation to highlight our support for a new duty that could help deaf children to get the equipment and support they need at school, even without a statement. Our response calls for this duty to be introduced as soon as possible. NDCS Cymru also encouraged our supporters to submit a response to this consultation. Around 200 supporters took part in this action, thank you.

January 2012: Draft Children’s Scheme

This scheme sets out how the Welsh Government intends to meet its duty tohave due regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In this response, NDCS Cymru asks that, within this duty, the Welsh Government pays particular regard to article 23, which sets out the right of disabled children to receive special support in order to access services.

January 2012: School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill

In this response, NDCS Cymru calls for plans for school reorganisation, school counselling services, developments in Welsh Medium Education, and funding for post-16 support to consider the support needs of deaf pupils. This response has also been endorsed by Action on Hearing Loss Cymru.

November 2011: Inquiry into the Implementation of the Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009

In this brief response, NDCS Cymru highlights the importance of ensuring that professionals such as Learning Coaches are able to meet the needs of deaf young people in advising them on further education.

November 2011: Detailed Impact Assessment: Quality and Effectiveness Framework for Post-16 Learning

This response, which has been endorsed by Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, makes suggestions for monitoring the quality of  post-16 learning provision for deaf and disabled students.

August 2011: The draft Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales Regulations 2011

In this response, NDCS Cymru seeks clarification and comments on the various new regulations. We also call on the Welsh Government to introduce the right to appeal if the local authority decides not to amend a statement following an annual or interim review. This right was recently introduced in England.

May 2011: Mental Health Regulations 2011

NDCS Cymru wanted to respond to this consultation to highlight a number of issues, such as the need for care plans to highlight any communication requirements that the patient may have.

April 2011: Delivering Advocacy Services for Children and Young People in Wales

NDCS Cymru wanted to respond to this Welsh Assembly Government consultation to highlight the need for advocacy services to be accessible to the young deaf population and for advocactes to be aware of the particular barriers that young deaf people can face.

February 2011: A Living Language: A Language for Living

In this response to the Welsh Assembly Government’s new strategy for the Welsh Language, NDCS Cymru highlights the difficulties in accessing specialist support for deaf children in the Welsh medium and calls on the government to take action to address this issue.

January 2011: Children and Young People Plans, 2011-2014

Every three years, local authorities across Wales have to rewrite their Children and Young People Plans. These plans look at ways in which local services for children and young people can be improved. NDCS Cymru submitted this briefing to each of the partnerships across Wales which will be reviewing the plans, to urge that the needs of deaf children and young people are considered.

November 2010: Welsh Assembly Government consultation on Education and Lifelong Learning Statistics

In this response, NDCS Cymru calls for improved data on deaf children and young people in Wales. Among other points, our response calls for data on the number of deaf students studying at a further education level in Wales. It also calls for routine publication of attainment data for deaf pupils, so that the attainment gap between deaf pupils and their peers can be monitored.

October 2010: Community Equipment Services: The Introduction of National Minimum Standards

NDCS Cymru responded to this Welsh Assembly Government consultation to highlight some of the issues that deaf children and their families can face in accessing specialist equipment.

October 2010: Impact of Welsh Government policy on the accessibility of transport services for disabled people in Wales – RNID Cymru response, endorsed by NDCS Cymru

NDCS Cymru has endorsed this consultation response by RNID Cymru. The response highlights the key barriers that deaf people face in accessing public transport in Wales.

September 2010: RNID Cymru’s response to the Welsh Assembly Government Communities and Culture Committee’s Inquiry into the Accessibility of Arts and Cultural activities in Wales

NDCS Cymru has endorsed RNID Cymru’s response to this inquiry, which highlights some of the barriers that deaf people face in accessing arts and cultural activities in Wales.

July 2010:Task and Finish Group for post-16 funding: Concerns regarding ALN support

The Welsh Assembly Government is currently reviewing the way in which post-16 education in Wales is funded. NDCS Cymru submitted this paper in conjunction with RNID Cymru and Skill Wales in order to highlight the importance of protecting and improving funds to support deaf and disabled students in pursuing further education. NDCS Cymru would like to say a big thank you to the young people who agreed to be case studies for this paper.

June 2010: Accommodated Children Visiting Arrangements – Draft Regulations and Statutory Guidance

A number of deaf children from Wales attend schools for the deaf in England, which is why NDCS Cymru wanted to respond to this consultation about new guidance for local authority’s to visit accommodated children, ensuring that children are happy with their accommodation and that they are able to keep in contact with their family.

June 2010: Enterprise and Learning Committee, Inquiry: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

NDCS Cymru wanted to respond to this inquiry to call on the Committee to consider the barriers that many young deaf people face in accessing employment and further education. RNID Cymru has aendorsed this response.

May 2010: Proposed Mental Health (Wales) Measure

NDCS Cymru wanted to respond to this measure to reinforce concerns raised by other voluntary sector organisations that the proposed measure is largely inapplicable to children. We also wanted to highlight the need for mental health services to be accessible to the deaf population.

May 2010: Proposals for a Rights of the Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure

NDCS Cymru values the UNCRC and wanted to respond to this consultation to highlight the need for children’s rights to be a central part in all of the Welsh Assembly Government’s work.