Bullying and harassment are severe problems for any child, deaf children be the victims of taunting and social exclusion from their hearing siblings and other children. And sadly if you are deaf you are three times more likely to experience abuse than a hearing child.
Deaf children are three times more likely to
experience abuse than their hearing peers.
Here in the UK our Young DeafHope project provides workshops, led by deaf staff, to deliver key messages about domestic abuse and staying safe to deaf children and young people across South East England, the type of information that is much more accessible for their hearing peers. We work in specialist residential schools for deaf children, Hearing Impaired Units attached to mainstream schools, and with deaf youth groups.
Workshops are tailored to each group, and aim to prevent deaf children and young people copying abusive behaviour. They include sessions on healthy relationships, coping with bullying and staying safe.
Some children need individual sessions, so that they receive the right support and develop the skills and confidence to stay safe. We give advice on how to continue support after the workshops have ended. Due to limited fund our current work is restricted to the South East, with additional funds we could expand this work to other parts of the UK.
£50 could provide a therapy session delivered by a deaf specialist, for a young deaf person here in the UK who has suffered neglect and abuse to help them cope with their traumatic experience.