A new NDCS service aims to provide free specialist advice to professionals on the factors that should be taken into account in any social care assessment of any child with a hearing loss or on how support should be provided. For example:
- what factors related to hearing loss need to be considered when undertaking an assessment of the child and when deciding whether a child in need assessment is required or a child protection response
- what factors related to the child’s hearing loss should be considered when deciding what should be included in support plans such as a child in need plan, looked-after care plan, education support plans, etc.
- what to consider if a deaf child is missing key developmental milestones
- access to Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payments
- how to involve and communicate with a deaf child in any decisions made about them
- what information and support foster carers or adoptive parents might require before a deaf child can be placed with them
- other resources that may be useful.
The support is available to all staff who support deaf children, including Teachers of the Deaf and Heads of Services.
Please note that this service is aimed at professionals in areas where there is not already a specialist social worker/social work team for deaf children. Whilst NDCS can provide advice, this service should not be seen as a substitute for a specialist assessment from a specialist social worker for deaf children, where needed.
More information can be found at www.ndcs.org.uk/socialcareadvice.
This new social care advisory service is offered in addition to NDCS existing Freephone Helpline will also continue to provide information and support to colleagues with any other queries not about social care.