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Information for journalists

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This page contains essential information about childhood deafness. If you require any additional information, please contact the media team.

Facts and figures

We use the word ‘deaf’ to refer to all levels of deafness and hearing loss.

  • There are more than 50,000 deaf children living in the UK and 32 million deaf children globally.
  • 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no experience of deafness.
  • Deafness is not a learning disability; with the right support, deaf children can achieve anything other children can.
  • Five babies are born deaf every day.
  • Half of deaf children are born deaf and the other half become deaf during childhood.
Our spokespeople

Susan Daniels OBE, Chief Executive
Deaf since the age of four, Susan is a passionate campaigner for deaf children’s rights and joined the charity as Chief Executive in 1992. She is also a former Commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission and currently chairs Groundbreakers, the network for women leaders in the charity sector.

Steve Haines, Director of Policy and Campaigns
Steve joined the charity in 2018, after a career campaigning for children's rights both at home and abroad. Steve leads our policy and influencing work across all countries in the UK, and can be found sharing his thoughts on Twitter

Jo Campion, Deputy Director of Campaigning and Advocacy
Jo leads our policy, research and influencing work in England. She is an expert campaigner who ensures that deaf children’s rights are firmly on the political agenda. 

Ian Noon, Chief Policy Advisor
Born profoundly deaf, Ian is our in-house expert on data and research relating to deaf children and young people.

Alasdair O'Hara, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Alasdair heads up our Scotland and Northern Ireland policy and campaigning work. 

Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Wales
Debbie heads up our policy and campaigning work for Wales. 

Emma Fraser, Teacher of the Deaf
Emma has been a Teacher of the Deaf for over 10 years, and provides support and advice on how best to support deaf children and their families.

Vicki Kirwin, Paediatric Audiologist
Vicki is a qualified paediatric audiologist who provides a wealth of insight and information into the specialist support deaf children need.

Joanna Clark, Director of Deaf Child Worldwide
Joanna is an international development expert, with a long career supporting vulnerable children in developing countries. She's managed Deaf Child Worldwide’s work in East Africa, Latin America and South Asia since 2013, and before that led Save the Children's work in Vietnam.

Position statements

We have developed a number of position statements relating to issues on childhood deafness, which outline our position and aim to provide guidance for parents and professionals.

Notes to editors
  • The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families.
  • There are more than 50,000 deaf children in the UK. We help them thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.
  • The National Deaf Children’s Society believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.