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Our responses to consultations

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In this section you can find out about consultations and calls for evidence we have responded to.

You can use the navigation below to read our responses to UK-wide and country consultations.

UK wide consultations

November 2017: Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into PIP assessments

The Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into PIP assessments called for written evidence. You can read our written evidence submission here.

 

February 2017: Response to Department for Work and Pensions consultation

We have responded to the consultation on the Green Paper on Disability, work and health.

 

March 2016: Market review of communication support for deaf people

Read the evidence that we submitted to a government review of the communication support available to deaf people.

 

2015: House of Lords inquiry into the Equality Act

Read our response into this parliamentary inquiry into whether the Equality Act 2010 is making a difference to deaf children.

 

June 2014: Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work

England

June 2018: Labour National Policy Forum consultation on Early Years, Education and Skills: Towards a National Education Service

We have submitted a response to a Labour party consultation on education in England. Read our response in which we focus on our key issues around funding, Teachers of the Deaf and accountability.

 

September 2017: UK National Screening Committee - Newborn screening for cytomegalovirus (CMV)

 

July 2017: Consultation on a service specification for Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABI)

 

June 2017: Department for Education Primary Assessment consultation

Our response calls on the Department for Education to ensure that any baseline assessments of deaf children in the primary years are appropriate and holistic.

 

June 2017: Rochford review recommendations

Read our response to the consultation on the Rochford review recommendations which considers how children who are operating below the national curriculum levels should be assessed.

 

March 2017: Bercow – 10 years on

Our response to a call for views on support for children with speech, language and communication needs has called for more support for deaf children and closer working between Teachers of the Deaf and speech and language therapists.

 

December 2016: Schools That Work for Everyone

We’ve responded to a government consultation on schools to flag up risks and issues in relation to support for deaf children for the Government to consider if they wish to expand the number of grammar schools in England.

 

August 2016: 2017/18 to 2018/19 National Tariff Policy Proposals survey

 

July 2016: Labour Party Review of the SEND provisions in Children and Families Act

Read the National Deaf Children's Society's response to the Labour Party Review of the SEND provisions in Children and Families Act.

 

May 2016: Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts

In this consultation response the National Deaf Children's Society suggested that a greater focus on the quality of services and taking into account accreditation schemes, particularly in paediatric audiology, could help the NHS Litigation Authority to better calculate the risk of negligence claims.

 

January 2016: Ofsted/CQC consultation on local area SEND inspections

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are planning to launch new inspections of local area provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. In this consultation response, we set out our views on how Ofsted and the CQC plan to carry out these inspections.

 

October 2015: Social care quality standards consultation

We set out the case for new standards on social care support for adults, children and young people with sensory disabilities.

 

September 2015: House of Lords inquiry into the Equality Act

Our response to the House of Lords inquiry into Equality Act 2010 outlines how we think the Act is working for deaf children. Our response has been informed by our work to support families in appeals.

 

September 2015: DSA consultation

Our response to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on proposed changes to Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) in 2016/17 highlights the need for safeguards to be introduced to ensure deaf students do not lose out as a result of the proposed changes.

 

August 2015: The work of Ofsted - Submission to Education Select Committee

We have submitted a briefing to a group of MPs on the work that Ofsted do (or rather don’t do) in relation to deaf children. The response calls on Ofsted to start inspecting education services for deaf children to make sure that visiting Teachers of the Deaf are doing a good job in supporting deaf children in mainstream schools and at home.

 

June 2015: Review of the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf

Following an earlier consultation in December 2014, we have responded to a further call for views from the National College of Teaching and Learning on the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf.

 

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) guidance 2015/16

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to an invitation from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to submit comments on draft guidance for DSA for university students, expressing serious concerns about proposed changes.

 

December 2014: Review of mandatory qualifications for specialist teachers of children and young people with sensory impairment.

Teachers of the Deaf are required to hold a mandatory qualification in order to teach deaf children. The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to a review of the specification for this qualification to highlight a number of areas where we believe that the specification can be strengthened.

 

December 2014:  Professionals’ Survey for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce

 

November 2014: Making health and social care information accessible

 

November 2014: Developing a set of standards for Teaching Assistants

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to a Department for Education consultation on developing a set of standards for Teaching Assistants.

 

November 2014: Draft Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015 and Draft Revised SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to a Department for Education consultation on the Draft Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015 and Draft Revised SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years.

 

November 2014: NHS England consultation: Making health and social care information accessible

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to the NHS England consultation on accessible health information.

 

October 2014: NDCS briefing on the review of standards for Teaching Assistants

The Department for Education in England have announced a review of standards relating to teaching assistants.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-standards-for-teaching-assistants-launched

NDCS was asked to submit a briefing on specific issues relating to teaching assistants who work with deaf children.

 

June 2014: Inspection of Residential Holiday Schemes for Disabled Children

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to the Ofsted consultation on the inspection of residential holiday schemes for disabled children.

 

May 2014: Delegating children's social care functions

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to a Department for Education consultation on delegating children's social care functions.

 

May 2014: Acoustic design of schools: Performance standards 2014

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to a Department for Education consultation on new acoustic standards, which will replace ‘Building Bulletin 93’.

 

May 2014: Consultation on the revised Code of Practice

The National Deaf Children's Society has responded to a further Department for Education consultation on revisions to the SEN Code of Practice, following an earlier consultation in 2013.

Scotland

February 2019: NHS Interpreting National Policy

 

January 2019: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill

 

December 2018: Inquiry into mental health support

 

September 2018: Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland: An Action Plan 2018 - 2021

 

September 2018: Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families Resource

 

August 2018: Disability Employment in Public Sector 

 

August 2018: Newborn Hearing Draft Standards

 

June 2018: A blueprint for 2020: The expansion of early learning and childcare in Scotland

 

April 2018: Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014: Consultation on draft regulations: Making provision in relation to social security appeals

 

April 2018: A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

 

February 2018: Consultation on Excellence and Equity for All: Guidance on the Presumption of Mainstreaming 

 

January 2018: Empowering Schools: Education (Scotland) Bill: Consultation response by the National Deaf Children’s Society

 

October 2017: Consultation Document on Updating The School Premises (General Requirements and Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1967

 

August 2017: Supporting Children’s Learning Code of Practice Consultation

 

August 2017: Social Security (Scotland) Bill

 

August 2017: Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill:
Education and Skills Committee call for evidence

 

August 2017: Independent Review of Financial Support for Students in Scotland

 

August 2017: Scotland’s Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-2026

 

June 2017: Empowering teachers, parents and communities to achieve excellence and equity in education: A Governance Review

 

August 2017: Scottish Government consultation Draft British Sign Language National Plan

 

April 2017: Teacher workforce planning for Scotland’s schools: Education and Skills Committee call for views

 

February 2017: Education and Skills Committee Call for views: Additional Support Needs (ASN) in school education

 

January 2016: Scottish Government Draft Delivery Plan (2016-2020) on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

NDCS Scotland has repsonded to the draft plan which sets out aims for removing barriers and enabling disabled people to enjoy equal access to citizenship. Views of disabled people on this approach will be considered and the plan finalised in spring 2016.

 

December 2015: Scottish Government Consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland

NDCS Scotland responded to the above consultation on principles, themes and actions associated with the development of a digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland.

 

December 2015: Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland National Care Standards Review

NDCS Scotland has responded to the above consultation on developing Scotland's new National Care Standards principles, which will apply to hospitals, NHS surgeries, social work departments, early learning and childcare, care homes and many more.

Northern Ireland

September 2018: Northern Ireland - Education Funding Priorities

We have made a written submission to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee inquiry on ‘Funding priorities in the 2018-19 budget: Education’. We focused particularly on funding for Teachers of the Deaf, but also looked at special educational needs (SEN) services and making early intervention a funding priority. You can read our full response here.

 

May 2018: Northern Ireland - Service Framework for Mental Health

We responded to the Department of Health’s recent consultation on a proposed framework for mental health provision.

 

May 2018: Northern Ireland - Proposed Framework of Future Provision for Children in the Early Years with Special Educational Needs

The Education Authority in Northern Ireland has consulted on plans for early years education for children with Special Educational Needs.

 

February 2016: Northern Ireland - Health and Social Care: Reform and Transformation 

We responded to the Department of Health's consultation on their proposed reform of administrative structures for Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. 

 

June 2016: Northern Ireland - Sign Language Framework consultation

We responded to the Sign Language Framework consultation.

 

2016: Northern Ireland - Government Framework Programme

We responded to the Programme for Government Framework consultation. 

Wales

February 2019: Respecting Others Guidance Consultation

In this response, we highlight the vulnerability of deaf pupils to experience bullying and call for the Welsh Government guide to outline more information on preventative measures for deaf learners.

January 2019: Proposed Changes to the Student Finance Support Package

In this brief response, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru seeks clarification and assurances of the impact of these changes for students who wish to attend the affected universities and who require Disabled Students Allowance.

January 2019: Action on Disability.  The Right to Independent Living

In this response, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru welcomes the Welsh Government’s action plan on the right to independent living for disabled people. We highlight a number of ways in which we would like to work with the Welsh Government to ensure the plan delivers for deaf young people.

December 2018: Consultation on the Progress in Developing the New Curriculum for Wales

The Welsh Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee held an inquiry into the curriculum reform. In this response, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru outlines key points such as ensuring the curriculum is accessible for deaf learners and inclusive of BSL. We also highlight the need to ensure the collation of attainment data of deaf pupils continues.

December 2018: Children, Young People and Education Committee Inquiry into School Funding

In this brief response to the Welsh Assembly Committee inquiry into school funding, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru highlights key issues regarding funding for deaf learners in Wales.

July 2018: Regulated Advocacy Services (Wales) Regulations

In this response, the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru calls for inclusion of more detail to ensure services are accessible for deaf children and young people.

 

May 2018: Review of ALN and Inclusion Services in Monmouthshire

The National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru responded to this consultation to ascertain the implications of the proposals for deaf learners in the region and to emphasise the importance of access to specialist professionals such as Teachers of the Deaf.

 

April 2018: Consultation on the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill

The Welsh Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee is seeking views on draft legislation which would put in place a free childcare offer for parents/carers of 3-4 year olds. Our response highlights the importance of ensuring that childcare placements meet communication needs for deaf children.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 legislation. National 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. The National Deaf Children's Society 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?” The National Deaf Children's Society 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.

The National Deaf Children's Society 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 The National Deaf Children's Society 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, read the response below:

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.