Deaf/hearing impairment

The term deaf refers to all levels of hearing loss in children, including a partial or total loss of hearing. This includes children or young people who have a hearing loss, hearing impairment or have glue ear.

We provide:

  • assessment and early identification of hearing loss in a child or young person
  • emotional support to families
  • opportunities for children and family members to understand hearing loss and develop ways a deaf child or young person can be included
  • environmental checks and advice on how to improve listening environments
  • practical and educational advice to families/carers, early years settings and schools (including specialist provision)
  • support for pupils/families/schools at key times (for example transition between schools)
  • awareness training for class members and adults who come into contact with a deaf child or young person (including wider family members)
  • teaching and training for parents and professionals
  • guidance on accessing the curriculum (including sensory/experiential curriculum)
  • support to help a child or young person's independence skills and social/emotional well-being
  • progress monitoring and target setting
  • signposting to other organisations
  • access to deaf adults as role models to promote a positive attitude towards hearing loss

We work closely with the following organisations and professionals:

How to request support

To request support email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk, call 01752 668000 or complete the form below.

Download Request support [Word, 202KB]

Return completed forms to SEND Services, Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth, PL6 5UF.

Medical information is required which we use with a visual assessment (where relevant) and criteria from the National Sensory Impairment Partnership to decide on the level of support given.

Use the Plymouth Online Directory to view the Plymouth SEND Local Offer