5. Manage change

Transitions can present a unique set of challenges for deaf children and their families. They include transitions in education and childcare, health, training, and work. Due regard must be made to the relevant legislation, outlining best practice in relation to transition across the ages from birth to 25 years (where relevant) and Deaf Children/Young People (DCYP) and their families must be fully involved.

Other changes a DCYP may experience might include moving to another country or entering the UK from abroad. Their hearing levels may change, in some cases quite significantly. Careful management is required, as is the case where a child with typical hearing experiences sudden onset of deafness, both for the family and the child. Support for families is essential no matter the age of their child, when deafness is newly identified.

Careful planning is necessary to ensure that the receiving setting has made the necessary adaptations and adjustments. Understanding DCYP’s own access needs in different situations requires exploration. DCYP and their families must be consulted about their access needs, supported to develop their ability to make informed decisions, and conversations must be kept open to prevent communication breakdown. DCYP benefit from targeted support and opportunities to develop resilience, independence, and self-advocacy

Please also refer to Sections 2 and 4 where the DCYP’s aetiology indicates they may experience a change in their levels of hearing or where an additional need is identified.


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5a. Moves and changes in educational settings

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5b. Understand their own access needs

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5c. Moving to adult NHS services