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National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the UK’s leading childhood deafness charity. We’re here for every deaf child who needs us, no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate. We’re also here for their parents and carers, extended family members and the professionals who work with them.

Our vision is a world without barriers for every deaf child. With the right support, there’s no reason why a deaf child can’t achieve just as much as a hearing child.

Free advice and guidance

You can call, text or email our Freephone Helpline, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 12:30pm. Our friendly advisers can answer your questions and give free independent guidance on a range of topics relating to childhood deafness. They can also refer you to the other free support services we provide.


Our website has all the information families of deaf children and deaf young people need to make informed choices, find deaf-friendly services, learn from other families and access support. Go to

 The Buzz is our website for deaf children and young people aged 8 to 18. It’s packed with information, support and real stories from other deaf young people, and all content is available in English and BSL. Check out the Buzz at

Family and youth events

We offer a wide range of family events, both online and in-person. Our events are a great way to connect with other parents and families, grow your knowledge and learn from experts.

We also work with deaf young people through our interactive workshops, digital events and webinars, supporting them to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Connecting families

Local deaf children’s societies are support groups run by parents and carers. They’re located all over the UK and offer support and advice as well as a range of activities.

We also have an online forum - Your Community - where you can connect with other parents and carers, get tips, ask questions and share experiences.

Try out the latest technology

Our Technology Test Drive loan service gives families and deaf children and young people the chance to try out products, such as vibrating alarm clocks and radio aids.


Who to contact


Where to go

National Deaf Children's Society
Ground Floor South, Castle House
37- 45 Paul Street
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Age Ranges
Deaf children and young people aged 0 to 25 and their families
Referral required
Referral Details

We’re here for every deaf child who needs us, no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate. We use the term ‘deaf’ to refer to all types of hearing loss, from mild to profound. This includes deafness in one ear or temporary hearing loss such as glue ear. 

Other notes

The Buzz website for deaf young people aged 8 to 18:

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