Links to Other Services

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have some useful information on bullying, including tips of what to look for in your children and what to do if you are concerned that your child is being bullied. You will also find information on what the law says about bullying and more specific details around cyberbullying. Please click on the links below for more information.

Bullying and deaf children

Advice for parents of deaf children


What the law says about bullying

Supporting Children with a Hearing Impairment

Who are we?

The Hearing Impairment Education Team consists of qualified Teachers of the Deaf, Specialist Teaching Assistants and a Deaf Support Worker who support children with hearing difficulties across Dudley.

What is our role?

  • To work in partnership with families offering support and information regarding hearing difficulties;
  • To provide information, advice and training to college, school and nursery staff;
  • To provide specialist teaching and support to children with a hearing impairment;
  • To assess functional hearing;
  • To support and advise on the use of specialist equipment e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM radio systems;
  • To develop listening and language skills.
  • To give advice on the modification of teaching materials and access arrangements for examinations;
  • To contribute to individual communication programmes;
  • To liaise with other professionals in Social Care, Audiologists at the Hearing Centre, ENT Consultants, Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists and Voluntary organisations.

What age group do we see?
From birth to 16 years (or to 19 by arrangement)

Where do we see your child?
At Home, Nursery or Early Years Setting, Playgroup, School, at College (by arrangement).

Which children should be referred?
Any child with a diagnosed hearing impairment.

Who may refer?

  • Parents/Carers
  • School staff
  • Nursery/Early years setting
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Hearing Centre
  • ENT Consultants
  • School Health Advisor

If you think your child may have a problem contact The Audiology Department Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre on 01384 321266 and ask for a hearing test appointment.

For more information please contact:
The Hearing Impairment Service
The Mere Education Centre
Lawnswood Road,

Tel: 01384 818003
Fax: 01384 814241
Text: 07827 873498

Download Our Leaflet

This information is also available in Braille, large print and on audio tape if required.

Who are we?
The group is led by specialist teachers and support staff for parents and carers who have children with a hearing and/or visual impairment.

What we do
We are a relaxed and flexible group, providing an opportunity for parents/carers to chat and for children to engage in sensory stimulating activities. During the sessions we have full use of; an early years suite, outside play area and sensory room. Each session is based on the needs and wants of our families. They include; singing, stories and rhymes, craft/messy play, creative play, games and toys cooking.

An Audiologist from Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre is available most sessions for mould impressions if you let us know before hand.

Where is it?

The Stourbridge Children and Families Centre, Forge Rd, Stourbridge,DY8 1XF

When is it?

Fortnightly Friday Sessions
9:45 ‘til 11:30
See leaflet below for further dates

Our group is open to all Parents/carers, and their hearing impaired and visually impaired babies, toddlers and pre-school brothers and sisters.

Refreshments are served—please let us know if your child has any special dietary requirements or allergies.

We also organise trips which have included the Santa Safari, Rays Farm and Wonderland.

When you attend the Parents & Toddlers Group it is an ideal opportunity for your child to have another teaching session.

Please come and join us.

For more information please contact:
Cathryn Skidmore QTVI or Louise Westwood TOD
The Mere Education Centre

Tel: 01384 818 003
Text: 07827 873 498

Dates and leaflet for 2018—2019

Dudley Deaf Youth Club (DDYC)

Would you like to meet other Young D/deaf People?

Would you be interested in coming along to a Youth Club for D/deaf people aged 10 to 18?

Dudley Deaf Youth Club (DDYC) meet at Queens Cross Network, Wellington Road, Dudley, DY1 1RB, usually on the first Thursday of each month from 6.15pm to 8.15pm.

For a full list of dates, please click here.

Join us for evenings of games, Arts & Crafts, computing, cooking, outings or just come along for a chat. Cost £3.00 per session. Light refreshments provided.

BSL trained volunteer staff.

If you would like to come along or would like more information, please contact us by text on 07745 034531. Or ask your visiting teacher of the D/deaf.

Dudley Deaf Youth Club is part of Dudley Deaf Children’s Society.

We look forward to seeing you. Anne, James and Jan, DDYC Team.

Children’s Hearing Services Working Group (CHSWG)

Children’s Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWGs) are multi-disciplinary and involve professionals and local service users, including parents. They take the lead in monitoring and developing integrated service delivery for deaf children and their families.

CHSWG is divided into four groups – Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, Hearing Aid Working Group, Ear Nose and Throat Group, Transition to Adult Services Working Group. Jackie attends the Transition to Adult Services group whenever possible and reports back to the DDCS committee.


Karen Tromans regularly updates the committee on new audiology equipment, practices and procedures. DDCS have purchased various pieces of equipment for use by the audiologists and most recently a new ‘Relaxer Chair’ for Mum’s and their baby to relax in whilst the baby undergoes a hearing test.

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)

The NDCS provides a wealth of support and free information for our committee members, deaf children and our families. Most of the information can be accessed online, downloaded, or provided free of charge in booklet form. There is a designated Area Family Information Officer (Angie Edwards) who has attended some of our committee meetings and events, is always at the end of a phone to help with queries, and is a ‘friend’ to many of our families.

The NDCS has provided an annual grant of £500 towards tickets for the DDCS annual Pantomime outing to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. This year (2018) we are sharing the grant between a family day out at Drayton Manor Theme Park, and the annual well supported family Christmas Party.

Helen and Karen have so far attended (and left inspired) the NDCS Local Groups Meetings in Leeds and London.

Contact Details
National Deaf Children’s Society
Ground Floor South
Castle House
37-45 Paul Street