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.