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Online information sessions for professionals

Professionals who support or work with deaf children and young people are invited to join our free, online information and advice sessions. 

During the live sessions, you'll be able to:

  • learn more about supporting deaf children and young people, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic
  • join discussions with other professionals
  • ask questions to our experts.

Our sessions cover all levels of deafness unless specified.

How to join our online sessions

You will need access to a computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection to access our online sessions using Zoom.

Registering beforehand is essential, as places are limited. Only people who have registered will be admitted. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with joining instructions and a password. 

If you are unable to attend, for some of our sessions you can register to receive a recording (unless stated otherwise).

Communication support

Closed captioning and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters are available for all our online events. You will be able to ask questions using the chat function, which will be moderated.

If you require a Welsh translation, please contact us at least a week before the session.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email [email protected].

Previous session recordings

Many of our previous sessions are available on-demand. Find out more about the recordings we have made available and request access.

Upcoming sessions

Introduction to family services

  • Monday 24 January 2022
  • 4pm to 5pm
  • Recommended for professionals who work with families of deaf children aged 0-7

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet the Families team and find out how to take advantage of what we can offer you. In this webinar, we will:

  • share how we engage and support families, as well as those who are harder to reach
  • describe our current programme offer, including Bright Start work and Parent to Parent support

There will also be an opportunity to ask us questions at the end of the session.

The aim of the session is to raise awareness of how our products and services can assist you to deliver a ‘bright start’ to deaf children, or those newly diagnosed. The webinar will be led by Carla Rose-Hardman and Helen Ingram.

Carla Rose-Hardman, Head of Family Programmes and Involvement

Carla has worked with families in a variety of charity settings for 18 years, and has been with the National Deaf Children's Society for 6 years. She is passionate about ensuring our Family Programme meets the needs of all families. She also works with parents and carers to get them involved with us and have an impact on what we do, as well as the local services in their area.

Helen Ingram, Families Programmes Operational Manager

Helen has been with the National Deaf Children's Society for over 10 years. She makes sure our in-person and online Family Programme Events run as smoothly as possible. She is keen to make sure that families get all the information they need to best support their child.

Early Years Networking Groups

  • 25 January 2022, from 4pm to 5.15pm
  • 27 January 2022, from 6.30pm to 7.45pm
  • recommended for practitioners working with children under the age of five.

We are establishing UK-wide groups of practitioners who work with children in the early years. The groups will meet four times a year to share knowledge, experience and good practice.

Our first meeting will focus on practical activities and strategies for improving the social and emotional development of deaf children. We will work together to share ideas and knowledge of this area, and come up with practical activities for you to implement in your settings.

We will be joined by a guest speaker who specialises in the social and emotional development of deaf children.

There are two opportunities to join our first session. Both will be held on Zoom.

Our expert, Mark Lowes, Bright Start Programme Officer

Mark has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2018. He specialises in education and learning for deaf children in settings suitable for children under five.

Mark primarily works with professionals working in the early years, helping them to overcome barriers to learning and inclusion for deaf young children. 

Prior to this, he worked in nurseries, as a primary school teacher, and as a Higher Education lecturer teaching early childhood development and primary education.

Involving deaf young people in decision making

  • Wednesday 9 February 2022
  •  4pm to 5pm

This one-hour workshop will support you to understand what participation means at the National Deaf Children’s Society and how to engage deaf children and young people within your services.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to understand and articulate how involving deaf children and young people can enable your organisation to reflect the interest of their communities.

We will be joined by a guest speaker Rosie Eggleston, Participation Manager.

Our Expert, Rosie Eggleston, Participation Manager

Rosie has worked in participation with children and young people in a variety of settings for 10 years. She has been with the National Deaf Children’s Society for four years. Rosie is passionate about ensuring deaf children and young people’s are involved so they can   influence decision making, service planning and delivery.


Working with Deaf Children with English as an Additional Language

  • Tuesday 1 March 2022
  • 4pm to 5pm

Did you know that 13% of deaf children across the UK speak English as an additional language (EAL)?

We know there’s no reason why deaf children can’t meet their full potential if they get the right support from the start. However, some groups, such as children who speak EAL, can face more challenges and barriers than others. EAL learners have to learn English, and at the same time are being taught in classrooms in the language they might not yet have mastered. Being deaf can make this even more challenging.

This webinar will help you understand the challenges that deaf EAL learners face and will provide information, practical resources and teaching strategies on how to address them. 

We are delighted to have Karen Thomas as our lead speaker. You will have the chance to ask Karen questions during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Our Expert, Karen Thomas, EMAS Team Manager and Lead Advisor

Karen has worked for EAL Portsmouth (Portsmouth's Ethnic Minority Achievement Team, known as EMAS) since 2006, and has been the team’s Manager and Lead Advisor for the past four years. An English Language and Literature graduate, she has taught in both junior and secondary schools since completing her PGCE. She also has a background in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). Karen has vast experience in the adult and family learning world and is an accredited trainer for many local and national assessment for learning (AFL) programmes.

Karen has a Master’s in Education from Sussex University, specialising in Assessment for Learning and EAL, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice and Pedagogy, focusing on teaching English as an additional language (TEAL).

Karen lectures on initial teacher training (ITT) courses, regularly presents at conferences, and trains and supports staff in schools, all whilst working with children and young people. She also manages the DfE-funded Starting Out provision for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in the city.