Deaf and Hard of Hearing

(For a full list of resources see bottom of page)

What our service does

Our aim is to raise the achievement and life outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people.

We provide information, advice and support regarding educational management and all aspects of deafness/hearing need, including language and communication, Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) and social and emotional wellbeing.

We work closely with children and young people, their families/carers, staff in educational settings and other key professionals in the NHS and Social Care.

The level of support we offer ranges depending on the needs of the child or young person.


Who our service provides for

We provide advice and support to children and young people in their home or educational setting following a diagnosis of a hearing need.

Deafness can be temporary, conductive or sensori-neural (permanent) and cause a hearing need in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). Depending on the extent of the hearing difficulty, a child or young person may be fitted with one or two hearing aids and if there is a profound sensori-neural loss they may receive a cochlear implant.

For some children or young people who wear hearing aids, ALDs can be loaned to the school or setting to enable the teacher's voice to be heard more clearly. For example the teacher might wear a transmitter microphone that sends speech signals directly to the child or young person's hearing aids or cochlear implants. The service identifies who would benefit from an ALD and discusses this with the school or setting.


How a child or young person can access the service

Most referrals come to the service either through the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme or from the Audiology Departments based within various hospitals.

Referrals can also be made directly by professionals within educational settings with family/carer consent. 


Children's Hearing Services Working Group (CHSWG)


The CHSWG is a group of parents and specialists from health, education and social care that work with deaf children and young people,. They meet regularly to help improve services for deaf children and their families. More information about CHSWGs can be found below. If you are a parent of a deaf child or young person and would like to become involved in the Camden and Islington CHSWG then please contact the Outreach Team on:

Tel:0207 786 4808


Click here to see CHSWG's flyer 

Charities and Services

Ewing Foundation

The Ewing Foundation is a national charity, promoting inclusion and achievement for deaf children through listening and speaking. 

The Advisory Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing work with a Specialist Audiology Technician from the Ewing Foundation to set-up and regularly monitor the assistive listening devices loaned to pupils.


National Deaf Children's Society

NDCS are the leading charity for deaf children and young people.  They are there to support every deaf child who needs them.


UK Council on Deafness

UKCoD is the umbrella body for voluntary organisations working with deaf people in the UK.
Is he largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK, and understand how hearing loss can affect everything in your life from your relationships, to your education and your job prospects.
British Deaf Association

Equality.  Access.  Freedom of choice.  The BDA is the UK's leading membership organisation and registered charity led by Deaf people, for Deaf people.


Hearing Link Services



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