Emotional Wellbeing of deaf children in Northern Ireland: current service provision and planning

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind


There is a consensus from the literature that deaf children can be vulnerable to less than optimal outcomes in relation to emotional well-being and mental health. However, there is an absence of reliable or recent figures on the prevalence of emotional wellbeing issues or ‘disorders’ in deaf children in Northern Ireland. There is currently no specialist deaf CAMHS in Northern Ireland. The absence of reliable data on prevalence means that it is more challenging to make a strong case for deaf CAMHS to be introduced. There is also scanty provision of Step 2 services from the voluntary sector doing excellent work, but only covering parts of the region. Pulling together this information will help to inform future service needs. This project aims to:

• Identify what kind of data is available on the mental health difficulties of deaf children across NI Trusts
• Scope existing health and social care services in each Trust and other sector provision regionally addressing Deaf/deaf children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing
• Explore experiences of parents of deaf children in accessing CAMHS in NI
• Consult with children and young people, and parents on what they want from a service and engage with them to co-produce recommendations
• Develop recommendations for next steps
PeriodJan 2021 → …
Work forNorthern Health and Social Care Trust, United Kingdom