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Online information sessions for professionals

Each month, we'll be hosting free online information and advice sessions for professionals who support or work with deaf children and young people. Each session will be on a different topic.

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

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

Booking is essential for the online sessions as places are limited. But if you're unable to attend, you can register to watch them on-demand at a later date.

What you'll need to join our online sessions

As long as you have access to a computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection then you'll be able to access our online sessions using Zoom.

After registering online, you'll receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the session. A password will be provided to join the session on Zoom. Only people who have registered will be admitted into the session. The Zoom meeting will enable the chat function for the purpose of asking questions. This will be moderated.

Communication support

Closed captioning will be available. If you require a BSL interpreter, please let us know by emailing [email protected]

Upcoming online information sessions

Introducing Success from the Start: a developmental resource for the families of deaf children aged 0-3 and the people that support them 

18 September 2020 2-3pm

Please note that booking is now closed as places for this session are full.

The Early Support Monitoring Protocol for Deaf Babies and Children has been revised, updated and renamed Success from the Start. Join Emma Fraser and Tina Wakefield as they explain important changes to this vital resource and how it will support families and professionals to:

  • record and track deaf babies’ progress
  • understand next steps
  • provide information and activities to families to support their babies' development.

This webinar is for professionals who have never previously used the Early Support Monitoring Protocol or been involved in the pilot for Success from the Start, and who work with deaf children aged 0-3.

Participants are encouraged to take a look at the new resource before the webinar.

Our expert, Emma Fraser, Teacher of the Deaf

Emma has worked for the National Deaf Children’s Society for three years. She is involved in a wide variety of education projects which include delivering training and producing resources and advice for professionals and families. Earlier in her career, Emma was a peripatetic qualified teacher of the deaf, with a specialism in working with deaf babies aged 0-2 and their families.

Our expert, Tina Wakefield, Teacher of the Deaf

Tina Wakefield works as an education consultant, principally for the National Deaf Children's Society and NatSIP. She is a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf with many years’ experience in resource bases, peripatetic teams and as Head of Services for Deaf Children and Young People and Early Years Inclusion.

Watch our previous sessions on-demand

Current Changes to Education for Deaf Children in Scotland

This session was recorded live on 2 September 2020. Register to watch the on-demand recording.

Join our expert, Alasdair O’Hara, for our live session for professionals working in Scotland.

Due to COVID-19, there have been huge changes to how children are educated. In this session, Alasdair will be giving an overview of the national picture in Scotland.

This will cover:

  • what we know about the current support available for deaf children in Scotland
  • the impact of the pandemic on children with Additional Support Needs
  • our policy response and our advice for professionals
  • the wider re-opening of schools and the implications for deaf children.
Our expert, Alasdair O’Hara, Head of Policy and Influencing for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Alasdair has been the Head of Policy and Influencing for Scotland and Northern Ireland at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2011. His work includes leading on our policy work and influencing key decision makers to take into account the needs of deaf children.

Current Changes to Education for Deaf Children in Northern Ireland

This session was recorded live on 27 August 2020. Register to watch the on-demand recording.

Join our expert, Alasdair O’Hara, for our live session for professionals working in Northern Ireland.

Due to COVID-19, there have been huge changes to how children are educated. In this session, Alasdair will be giving an overview of the national picture in Northern Ireland.

This will cover:

  • what we know about the current support available for deaf children in Northern Ireland
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with Special Educational Needs
  • our policy response and our advice for professionals
  • the wider re-opening of schools and the implications for deaf children.

Current Changes to Education for Deaf Children in England

This session was recorded live on 1 July 2020. Register to watch the on-demand recording. 

Join our expert, Ian Noon, for our first live session for professionals working in England.

Due to COVID-19, there have been huge changes to how children are educated. In this session, Ian will be giving an overview of the national picture in England.

This will cover:

  • what we know about the current support available for deaf children in England
  • the implications of school closures - in particular, providing online remote support and the impact on children with Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Plans
  • our policy response and advice for professionals
    the wider re-opening of schools and the implications for deaf children.
Our expert, Ian Noon, Chief Policy Advisor

Ian is our Chief Policy Advisor for the National Deaf Children’s Society. His work involves coordinating our policy and research work, as well as influencing the Government to make sure they take into account the needs of deaf children.

Current Changes to Education for Deaf Children in Wales

This session was recorded live on 3 July 2020. Register to watch the on-demand recording. 

Join our expert, Debbie Thomas, for our first live session for professionals working in Wales.

Due to COVID-19, there have been huge changes to how children are educated. In this session, Debbie will be giving an overview of the national picture in Wales.

This will cover:

  • what we know about the current support available for deaf children in Wales - in particular, the impact on children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs
  • our policy response and advice for professionals
  • the implications for deaf children in Wales with plans for the autumn term.
Our expert, Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy and Influencing for Wales

Debbie is our Head of Policy and Influencing for Wales and has worked for the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru since 2008. Her work includes leading on our policy work in Wales and influencing key decision makers such as the Welsh Government to take into account the needs of deaf children.