Social care and family support
View our range of resources for social workers and other professionals working with deaf children on meeting the social care needs of deaf children and their families and find out about our free social care advisory service.
We can provide free specialist advice to professionals on the factors that should be taken into account in any social care assessment of a child with any level of hearing loss and in planning and providing support.
This resource is aimed at social care practitioners who are not specialists in working with deaf children, young people and their families. It provides practical information relating to access to social care services, assessment and child protection.
You can also download a separate file of the assessment questions for when working with deaf children and young people:
Read our advice to local authorities and Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in England on implementing the government's Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance so that the social care needs of deaf children and young people are considered when developing or reviewing threshold policies and protocols.
Please note that these advice notes do not yet reflect changes made by the Government to Working Together in 2018. However, its general advice may still be helpful.
Working with the University of Manchester, we’ve developed a framework to assist Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in reviewing social care arrangements for deaf children.
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These quality standards, produced in 2002, set out quality standards for social care services for deaf children in England.
We’ve produced two practical guides giving 1) foster carers and 2) residential carers and key workers the information they need to know when they start caring for a deaf child or young person. They include tips and advice on communication, hearing aid technology, sounds and how we hear them, useful equipment, myth busters and signposts to further information.
Our 2014 report sets out what local authorities in England told us about social care provision for deaf children.
Resources produced by other organisations for social workers and other professionals working with deaf children.