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Consultancy

Photo: We offer expert consultancy services about deaf children and young people

As the leading organisation for deaf children, we draw on 70 years’ experience and understanding of their needs to help you improve your services, to ensure every deaf child gets the best possible start in life.

If you are interested in finding out more about our consultancy offer and opportunities available, please enquire today.

Our consultancy offer

We provide specialist consultancy work for public and voluntary sector organisations at a local and national level, in education, health and social care.

We work with a wide range of professionals including in schools, health bodies and local authorities.

We listen carefully to your requirements and build a team of in-house specialists and/or trusted associates with the right mix of skills and knowledge to suit your project, at a highly competitive price.

Choose from these options to develop the consultancy project that meets your needs.

  • Quality – improvement through service reviews.
  • Provision – needs and gap analysis; service model options and approaches to achieve change.
  • Participation – involving the voices of deaf children and young people and their families.
  • Inclusion – ensuring deaf-friendly workplaces and leisure activities.
  • Safety – safeguarding and child protection.
  • Accessibility – making the best use of the environment and technology.
  • Assessment of needs – understanding needs and achieving improved outcomes.
  • Transition planning – supporting deaf young people into further study and employment.

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about our consultancy offer and opportunities available, please enquire today.

Meet the consultants

Martin Thacker

Martin Thacker has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2017 and is Deputy Director for the Local Engagement team for England.

Martin is a child of deaf parents and been a campaigner on Deaf issues for a number of years. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to the deaf community in North East Derbyshire.

Martin has a Bachelor of Education with Honours degree. His 28 years’ career in the Education sector included 17 years as a Headteacher. His experience includes working in a variety of primary schools and in all Key Stages. Martin was seconded to the Local Authority with a remit of monitoring NQT provision in the county. He has been a Governor for thirty years and was an executive board member of the Derbyshire Association of School Governors. Martin served as County and Regional President of the National Association of Headteachers. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Martin has extensive knowledge of Local Government and served on the county Equalities’ Forum and is the local council’s Deaf Champion.

Hazel Badjie

Hazel has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2008 and is currently Senior Engagement Advisor, England. She has significant knowledge of working with local councils across England and is a key member of local partnerships and networks on our behalf. Hazel has extensive experience of working collaboratively with both professionals and parents to support change and secure improvements.

Hazel previously worked for the local education authority, supporting children with SEND and speech, language and communication difficulties in a variety of primary schools. She has over 20 years strategic managerial experience to include lead manager role for the Children’s Centre programme. Hazel has worked in the voluntary and community sector successfully developing a local programme of home visiting support to families with young children, initiating and supporting extensive multi-agency working for the benefit of vulnerable children and families.

Hazel has qualified with an MA Childhood and Youth and a BA Hons Early Childhood Studies. She continues to contribute to early years research and engage with relevant early years and child development forums both in England and abroad.

Alison Lawson

Alison has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2008 and is currently Head of Local Engagement for England. She is also a key member of local partnerships and networks on our behalf.

Alison has 26 years of experience working at both an operational and strategic level in a senior management position within the voluntary and community sector and previously at management level in public services.

As Trustee of a secondary multi-academy trust for 14 years, Alison also draws on her knowledge in that sector, applying it to challenges in the education system for deaf children.

Alison has qualified with a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.