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Our work

Photo: We are working with deaf children and young people

Who we support

We support deaf children and young people who are disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination in the developing countries.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to enable children and young people with deafness to overcome barriers that prevent them from realising their rights to education, information, health, and economic opportunity.

Presenting our work

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:

  • 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.

What we do

We work in partnership with locally based organisations. These can be small community based organisations; local and international NGOs. We work with organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to work with deaf children and identified deaf children as a group that are marginalised and much in need to support to overcome poverty, inequality and isolation.

We do this by:

Providing specialist advice and professional guidance as well as resources and training, to help organisations working with children in developing countries meet the needs of deaf young people. Helping to empower deaf children, deaf young people and their families to support each other and campaign for long-term change.

Undertaking research into the needs of deaf children growing up in poverty and the challenges they face in developing countries.

Deaf Child Worldwide was established in 2008 as the international arm of the National Deaf Children’s Society and 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.

Our policies and procedures

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.

Our safeguarding policies

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.


Contact us

If you have queries regarding any aspect of Deaf Child Worldwide's work, please contact us using the details below.