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Support in Scotland

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Family support

Families of deaf children in Scotland can access local support from our children and families support officers. Children and families support officers are based across Scotland which allows families to access local support. These staff provide families with positive support and information on a wide range of issues and things that families with deaf children will need to know more about – education, benefits, technology and health.

When parents, carers or young deaf people want to push for their rights in claiming benefits, or in gaining the kind of education which meets their needs, then regional staff are there to help. They will work with them in explaining their legal rights, negotiating on their behalf.

We also want to see an improvement in services for families and regional staff are involved in campaigning work too.

The children and families support officers in Scotland are:

  • Debbie Taylor, Children and Families Support Officer (Highlands and Islands), who covers Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Eilean Siar, Highlands, Moray, Orkney and Shetland

  • Marie Cafferky, Children and Families Support Officer (East Scotland), who covers  Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Stirling

  • George McGowan, Children and Families Support Officer (West Scotland North), who covers Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire

  • Gemma McDonald, Children and Families Support Officer (South West of Scotland), who covers North and South Lanarkshire, North, South and East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway 

  • Heather Young, Children and Families Support Manager (Scotland and Northern Ireland)