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Social care and family support

Photo: Resources for social care and family support professionals

 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.

Referring deaf children and young people into Early Help or social care

This reference tool for England outlines the key points to consider when reviewing the needs of deaf children and their families. Early support practitioners can use this document in their assessments and when making decisions at single points of entry into children’s social care within a strengths-based approach.

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Social care for deaf children and young people: guidance for practitioners

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.

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You can also download a separate file of the assessment questions for when working with deaf children and young people:

Social care for deaf children and young people assessment tools.

Resources for foster carers and residential carers or key workers

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.

Social care support for deaf children - a National Deaf Children’s Society report

Our 2014 report sets out what local authorities in England told us about social care provision for deaf children.

Download our report

Social care advice

If you are a parent or a professional and you need specialist social care advice please contact our Helpline we will put you in contact with our Social Care Policy Advisor.

Our archived social care resources

Advice on Working Together (archived)

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.

Updated guidance for local safeguarding partners is coming out in 2021.

Local Safeguarding Children Boards audit tool (archived)

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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Updated guidance for local safeguarding partners is coming out in 2021.

Positive practice standards in social services (archived)

These quality standards, produced in 2002, set out quality standards for social care services for deaf children in England.

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Other useful social care resources

Resources produced by other organisations for social workers and other professionals working with deaf children.

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Resources on keeping deaf children safe

We’ve listed a range of resources for professionals on keeping deaf children safe from harm and abuse. 

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