Deaf children and young people
ABA has supported the National Deaf Children's Society to develop three resources aimed at reducing bullying of deaf children and young people.
Ian Noon, Head of Policy and Research at the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “Any child can experience bullying but we know deaf children and young people can be particularly vulnerable. Difficulties with language, communication and social skills, such as simply not understanding a joke that everyone else is laughing at, can contribute to a deaf child feeling isolated and at risk of being bullied by their peers.
“Whatever the reason, bullying is unacceptable. There are 45,000 deaf children and young people in the UK and this guide aims to help mainstream teachers and special educational needs co-ordinators spot, handle and prevent bullying from happening in the first place.”
Bullying and deaf children: a guide for primary and secondary schools
This booklet is for mainstream teachers, special educational needs coordinators, Teachers of the Deaf, teaching assistants, communication support workers or any other education professional working to support deaf pupils in primary and secondary schools. It provides guidance on how schools can adapt existing arrangements for preventing bullying and handling bullying incidents in order to meet the needs of deaf pupils. Many of the suggested actions set out in this resource will benefit all pupils in your school.
Bullying: Advice for parents of deaf children
This booklet provides guidance to parents of deaf children on bullying. It includes:
information on the steps you and your child can take to minimise the likelihood of bullying
information to help you identify whether your child is being bullied (or is bullying another child) at school or in the wider community
ideas to help your child develop the skills and knowledge to be able to react and get help if they are being bullied
what action to take if you suspect that bullying is already taking place.
Bullying resource for deaf young people
A resource for young people about what they need to know about bullying. It covers what bullying is, what to do if you're being bullied, what to do if you think you've bullied someone, and where to get help.