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Children and Families

We recognise that growing up in a hearing world can be challenging for Deaf children. Our programme of events and services have been developed with children in mind; improving communication, building friendships, increasing access and supporting the development of skills.

Our Children and Families team provide holistic support directly to children and their families or in partnership with schools and local authorities, via a number of services:

One-to-One support / Advice / Advocacy

Our experienced staff, who are either Deaf themselves or fluent in British Sign Language (BSL), are available to support Deaf children to make informed choices.

Family Sign

We provide tailored British Sign Language (BSL) sessions to individual families or in group sessions in order to establish effective and meaningful conversation and improve family relationships. These sessions encourage participation and build confidence through effective communication, ensuring family members are actively involved in their child’s development.


Our befriending service helps reduce isolation and increase confidence whilst supporting access to the local community.


This programme provides safe support, encouragement and inspiration.  It promotes choice and encourages Deaf children to confidently develop their identity.


We develop and deliver informative, topical and skills based workshops that support the development of life skills and offer the opportunity for children to build friendships.


In-school support for Deaf children to better engage at school, or for those who are at risk of exclusion. Informally bridging the gap between pupil and school.


We organise fun and interesting activities specifically designed for Deaf children and their families; building friendships and improving confidence. We also organise communication support at our events and mainstream activities. Take a look at our forthcoming activities.

Duke of Edinburgh Award (South East)

We can provide accessible DofE programmes, tailored to meet the learning needs of children and young people – developing talent and skills.

“From the training to the initial home visits, to the regular reviews and feedback to the school and any additional support needed, RAD has delivered a service that is very valuable and worthwhile, having a positive impact on pupil outcomes through supporting families to learn their child’s first language in the home.”

Dani Sive

Headteacher, Frank Barnes School

If you are a teacher, social worker or other professional working with children/families and want to learn more about how our Children and Families team provide support, get in touch

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