Our purpose is to enable children, young people and their families to get the support they need to make informed decisions and choices to overcome barriers that prevent them from realising their rights to education, information, health, and economic opportunity.
What we do
There are estimated 34 million deaf children worldwide and 80% of those deaf children live in low/middle income countries.
We have been working to support deaf children, young people and their families internationally since 2003. Often we are working with the most marginalised and poorest of communities.
We are a recognised global expert on childhood deafness. Our ambition within our five-year strategy is that, by 2030, no deaf child will be left behind – at school, in their community or at home.
We work in partnership with locally based organisations in-country. These can be small community based organisations; local and international NGOs. We work with these organisations because they have demonstrated a commitment to improve the livelihoods of deaf children.
Together with our partners we can overcome social and educational barriers that hold deaf children and young people back from reaching their full potential.
How do we do this?
- We provide specialist advice and give professional guidance to improve the overall environment for deaf children and young people
- We work with our partners to develop specific resources and materials to inform and educate
- We offer training to support partners with technical knowledge and expertise that can be utilised by teams within communities
- We undertake invaluable research into the needs of deaf children and young people
- We are building relationships to inform and educate a wider audience about deafness
- We are empowering deaf children, deaf young people and their families to support each other and campaign for long-term sustainable change
Why deaf children need us
Deafness is not a learning disability and, given the right support, deaf children can do anything their hearing peers can do.
But in developing countries, deaf children face severe challenges due to late diagnosis, difficulty accessing quality education, stigma, isolation and discrimination.
In order to reach their full potential they need:
- Help to develop language and communication skills from as early and age as possible – primarily from families who themselves are supported to offer this
- Access to formal pre-school learning where they can develop language skills
- To be able to attend schools that meet their needs and encourage them to achieve
- To grow up in an environment that strives to deliver equality instead of discrimination
- Access to information about health, training and employment
We have developed a number of policies relating to issues on childhood deafness, which outline our position and aim to provide guidance for parents and professionals. We are committed to ensuring that we meet best practice to protect all children and young adults at risk.
- Image consent form (English) PDF
- Image consent form (Spanish) PDF
- Image consent form (Bengali - Bangladesh) PDF
- Image consent form (Bengali - India) PDF
- Image consent form (Kannada - India) PDF
- Image consent form (Odiya - India) PDF
- Image consent form (Swahili - Kenya) PDF
- Image consent form (Swahili - Tanzania) PDF
We recognise that the welfare of all children and young people is of paramount importance. All children have the right to be protected from abuse. Safeguarding their welfare is the responsibility of everyone who works at Deaf Child Worldwide, and our partner organisations, whether salaried or voluntary, whatever their role or status. The policy, minimum standards and guidance documents below outline our position. They will be reviewed and added to as needed to ensure that we do everything we can to safeguard children.
- International Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy PDF
- International Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures PDF
- Política de protección y salvaguarda de la niñez (Spanish) PDF
- Minimum Standard for Child Protection (English) PDF
- Normas mínimas para la protección y salvaguarda de la niñez (Spanish) PDF
- Viwango vya Chini katika Ulinzi na Usalama wa Watoto vya (Tanzania) PDF
- Minimum Standard for Child Protection (Bengali - India) PDF
- Minimum Standard for Child Protection (Odiya - India) PDF
- Minimum Standard for Child Protection (Bengali - Bangladesh) PDF
If you have queries regarding any aspect of Deaf Child Worldwide's work, please contact us using the details below.