Having the right support across education, health and social aspects of a deaf child and young person’s life is vital for them to achieve their full potential.

Module overview

This module is an introduction to the social care needs of a deaf child. It focuses on the challenges and risks that deafness can pose to deaf children and their families without the right support in place.

Using three everyday scenarios across various age ranges, it highlights these challenges and provides practical advice on how social care advice and support may help.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the social care needs of deaf children and families
  • Identify the indicators of where additional social care support may be needed
  • Describe what you need to do if you have any concerns

Who is this module for?

This module has been created for non-specialist social care professionals working with deaf children or young people in a range of social care settings.

Other professionals who routinely work with deaf children will also benefit from completing this module.


It’s vital that deaf children and young people get the right support as early as possible to develop the language and communication skills that are critical to their future.

Module overview

This module is an introduction to deafness. Aimed at anyone who works with or supports deaf children and young people, it is designed to provide practical information about different types of deafness, basic communication methods and different technology that might be used.

Providing an insight into what deaf culture is, the module will give examples of real life communication challenges as well as the opportunity to learn some basic sign language.

On completion of this module you will have an understanding of best communication practice and technology available. Deafness isn’t a learning disability, and with the right support, there’s no reason why a deaf child can’t achieve as much as a hearing child.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the different types of deafness and the impact on deaf young people
  • Explain the different types of communication methods used by deaf young people
  • Fingerspelling
  • Demonstrate some basic British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Name a range of technologies available to deaf children and young people

Who is this module for?

This course is designed for anyone working with deaf children and young people, however is primarily used for any arts, sports or leisure providers / activity leaders, youth clubs or anyone who will be providing activities for deaf children or young people.




Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given the right support from the start. Good support in the early years will help deaf children reach their full potential.

Module Overview

This module has been developed for all mainstream early years practitioners to prepare for and to support deaf children.

Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of deaf children and young people’s social, emotional and intellectual development. That’s why identifying a suspected hearing loss and knowing what to do is key to children’s social and emotional development and wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Recognise some signs of hearing loss
  • Confidently sign post families for further support
  • Use strategies which may support a child with a suspected hearing loss
  • Carry out a basic assessment of the listening environment
  • Identify changes you can make to your environment
  • Identify changes you can make to your own professional practice

Deafness isn’t a learning disability, and with the right support there’s no reason why a deaf child can’t achieve as much as a hearing child.

Deaf-friendly activities allow deaf children and young people the opportunity to socialise with their peers in a safe, fun and supportive environment allowing them to develop their social skills, gain more independence and feel included.

Module overview

This module will help you to fully include deaf children in your activities, through learning about changes you can make to your setting or your practice.

Aimed at anyone who provides activities for deaf children or young people, this module will provide practical information and helpful tips for communication, alongside an understanding of what communication support might be required.

Giving insight into how to adapt your activities to make them deaf-friendly, you will finish this module eager to think about how you can make your activities fully inclusive.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Suggest adaptations to your activities or service to be deaf-friendly and inclusive
  • Describe the different types of communication that deaf children and young people use
  • Apply health and safety considerations to make sure that your activities are safe for deaf children and young people