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View our quality standards, guidance documents and other resources for education managers and decision-makers on the needs of deaf children.

Children's Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWGs)

In 2019 NHS England and NHS Improvement published new Guidance for Children’s Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWGs). This guidance was written by us with the involvement of families from across England.

We have also developed an audit tool to help them monitor how well they are doing implementing the new guidance. Download both documents below. 

What Works CHSWG Guide

CHSWG Audit Tool

Local Offer guidance

The Local Offer provides local authorities with an opportunity to provide clear information to local parents of deaf children and young people on the support that is available to them where they live. Our briefing sets out our understanding of what information local authorities will be required to publish and provides advice on how this might be made relevant to deaf children.

Advice to local authorities on the Local Offer

Specialist educational services for deaf children: advice to local authorities

The guide is for directors of children’s services and other local decision-makers in England. It is designed to:

  • Provide information and advice on specialist education services for deaf children and their importance in helping deaf children achieve their potential
  • Remind local decision-makers of the issues and legal requirements that need to be taken into account when proposing any changes to these vital services
  • Correct some common misunderstandings about deafness.

Download 'Specialist education services for deaf children: Advice for commissioners (England)'

Separately, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership have also produced a checklist for services on how they can align their work with specific requirements of legislation and government guidance.

Specialist provision for hearing impaired children within mainstream schools: advice for commissioners

This briefing sets out what needs to be considered when formulating any proposals to make changes to specialist provision for children with a hearing impairment within mainstream schools in England. This advice is intended mainly for commissioners of provision in local authorities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Download 'Specialist provision for hearing impaired children within mainstream schools: advice to commissioners'

Quality Standards: Early years support

These quality standards for commissioners set out how health, education and care providers in England should work together to support deaf children to achieve key outcomes by the time they start school. 

Download 'Quality Standards: Early years support'

We have also developed a self-audit tool to support evaluation and review of early years services for deaf children.

Download the self-audit tool

Quality Standards: Specialist education services

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) have published quality standards for education services for children and young people with sensory impairment in England, along with a quality improvement pack to support services in meeting the new standards.

These resources can also be found on the NatSIP website.

Quality Standards: Resource provisions for deaf children and young people

This resource sets out standards for the operation of resource provisions for deaf children and young people in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK. A self-evaluation tool has also been produced to accompany this resource. 

Download 'Quality Standards: Resource provisions for deaf children and young people' (English)

Download 'Quality Standards: Resource provisions for deaf children and young people' (Welsh)

Quality Standards for the use of personal radio aids

Personal radio aids can greatly enhance deaf children's learning experiences.

This resource sets out the quality standards for a common approach to the timely and appropriate provision and use of radio aids to ensure best outcomes for deaf children.

It's aimed at professionals who commission services and practitioners, including: paediatric audiologists, educational audiologists and Teachers of the Deaf, and parents interested in the use of personal radio aids.

Download 'Quality Standards for the Use of Personal Radio Aids'

Please note that this is the introductory part of the publication. All other sections are available from the FM Working Group website.

Stepping Up: Quality Standards for Young Deaf Learners in Further Education

These quality standards have been drafted to ensure greater consistency of provision and to improve outcomes for deaf young people. They are supported by case studies and further resources.

Download 'Stepping Up: Quality Standards'

Speech and language therapy services – resources for commissioners

Resources produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Separately, the Royal College has worked with BATOD to produce new guidance on collaborative working.

Other education resources

These resources have been developed by the Government or other organisations for education professionals that may be helpful for your work with deaf children.

Find out more about other education resources.