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National Deaf Children's Society Charter

National Deaf Children's Society Charter for Parental Partnership in Education

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Basic Principles

• Deaf children should have access to high quality education which maximises their abilities and enables them to reach their full potential.
• The views of parents should be respected and valued in determining their child's education and these views should be acted upon.
• Deaf children should be encouraged to express their opinions about their future and their views should be valued.

Providing Full Information

• Balanced information about the range of communication options open to deaf children should be given to parents and they should be encouraged to make full informed choices.
• Full information should be given to parents about their rights and how they can be involved in decisions about their child's future.
• Everyone involved with deaf children should give families advice and information which is clear, jargon-free and provided via an appropriate language and means.
• Clear and balanced information about the range of provision available at a local and national level should be given to parents automatically.
• Details of LEA communication policy and any implications for provision and support should be available for all parents.

Ensuring High Quality Support

• Parents should have access to support from an independent advocate and the right to their involvement.
• Support for parents and deaf children should be given by qualified, responsive and skilled professionals with high expectations.
• Opportunities to meet with other parents and deaf adults should be offered in order to share experiences.

Meeting the Needs of All Children

• Assessments should be appropriate and of high quality. They should put children's needs first and those needs should then be matched with the necessary resources.
• Education Authorities and their partners should have access to a balanced continuum of provision which enables them to meet the needs of all deaf children.

A Guarantee of Accountability

• Meetings with professionals should be honest and open with a genuine commitment to resolve conflict when necessary.
• Parents should be given clear information about any outcomes from meetings - about what will happen, by when and who is responsible.
• Access to the local democratic process should be guaranteed by informing parents about their role in local political structures so that those taking decisions are accountable.
• Parents should be fully consulted about any proposals for provision which could affect them and their children . The should be invited to be involved in local arrangements for policy making.

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