This is a very busy time of year for us as we have just sent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to all councils and local health authorities in England about their services for deaf children and are expecting their responses very soon.
We have done this for the past three years now as part of our Stolen Futures campaign.
The FOI requests ask, among many other things, about councils and health authorities’ budgets for deaf children in education, social care and speech and language therapy services.
The information we get back helps us work out if campaigning action is needed to challenge any cuts to services for deaf children. Last year we discovered that:
- 29% of local authorities cut specialist education support services for deaf children.
- One quarter of councils reduced their budget and/or staffing for social care services that deaf children access. The vast majority of local authorities (96%) did not have specialist social care services for deaf children.
- One quarter of local health authorities reduced their budget and/or staffing for speech and language therapy services for deaf children.
Find out how we’re tackling these cuts to deaf children’s services here.
This year we sent our FOI requests on March 3rd and, according to the FOI Act, the authorities then have 20 working days from the date the request is received to respond to our request. We’ll be recording the results on our cuts map, so keep an eye out and get involved in any campaigns in your area.
Not only do we rely on information from councils and health authorities across England, but the information you give us is also invaluable in our fight to protect services for deaf children.
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