5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant at NDCS - Stolen Futures

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, which may be of interest.

1)    A day in the life of … a deaf children’s family officer, Emma Williams-Daly, Guardian
Emma Williams-Daly, Family Officer at NDCS offers impartial information, advocacy and support to families of deaf children and young people.

2)    Truss: Pupils in poor mental health ‘not troublemakers’, Judith Burns, BBC News
Too many young people with unmet mental health needs are unfairly labelled as troublemakers, says the Education Minister, Elizabeth Truss. The Department for Education has launched guidance to help schools in England spot mental health issues.

3)    The Perfect Storm, Brian Lamb, Campaign Central
Drawing on Oxfam’s recent ‘The Perfect Storm’ campaign, Brian discusses the importance of distinguishing between what is political and what is party political in campaigning. He maintains that the third sector must not allow their contribution to debates concerning the impact of government policies on the groups charities represent to be framed as being an unacceptable activity.

4)    Deprivation Britain: Poverty is getting worse – even among working families, Chris Green, Independent
A recent study shows that the number of impoverished households has more than doubled in the 30 years since Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.

5)    10 things we’d like to say to teachers, Anonymous, Guardian
Following on from an article we featured last week, parents add their two cents.

Have you spotted any good articles around this week? Leave a comment below to share them with us!

5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant at NDCS - Stolen Futures

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, which may be of interest.

1)    Disabled students could be ‘shut out’ by government cuts, Harriet Swain, Guardian
Planned cuts to the Disabled Students Allowance could have a disastrous effect on individuals, say campaigners, and prevent some from going to university. From September 2015 it will only pay for support for students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, if their needs are “complex”, although the definition of this, and who decides it, remains unclear.

2)    Senior doctors condemn proposal to charge patients to see GP, Rebecca Smith, Telegraph
Doctors are to debate the introduction of charging patients up to £25 to see GPs as senior medics say they are opposed to the idea.

3)    The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often to Post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and More, Kevan Lee, Buffer,
Kevan discusses the fine line between being informative versus annoying when using social media. We all want to provide value, but we don’t want to go overboard. What’s the optimal number of Tweets and Facebook posts we should be sending out daily/weekly to achieve this fine balance?

4)    Scottish independence: Deaf voters critical of referendum campaigners, Marc Ellison, BBC Scotland
John Denerley, of Deaf Connections, claims Scottish independence referendum campaigners have failed to inform and engage deaf voters in the run-up to the imminent vote.

5)    Nine Reasons Why Being Deaf Isn’t That Bad, Honest, Clodagh Corbett, Huffington Post
“Every cloud has a silver lining”, or nine to be precise! Deaf writer and blogger Clodagh Corbett shares her thoughts on being deaf.

Have you spotted any good articles around this week? Leave a comment below to share them with us!

5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant at NDCS - Stolen Futures

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant

Every week, we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, that may be of interest.

1)    Thousands of adopted children miss out on education support, charity warns, Neil Puffett, Children and Young People Now
Adopted children as young as nine are missing out on additional support in school, due to an “arbitrary” government-imposed cut-off point, the charity AdoptionUK has said.

2)    Gene Therapy Makes Cochlear Implants Much More Effective, Rachel Barclay, Healthline
Scientists from the University of New South Wales, Australia, have found a way to use the electrodes in cochlear implants to apply targeted gene therapy and regrow damaged auditory nerves in the ear.

3)    Stephen Sutton makes ‘largest’ cancer charity donation, BBC
A cancer charity says it has received its largest ever individual donation after a teenager with terminal cancer raised more than £1.6m.

4)    A child’s eye view of adoption, Ian Burrell, The Independent
Three television programmes about the adoption process trigger an emotional response within British hearts and bring a new level of public understanding to an issue that has long been afraid to expose itself to public gaze.

5)    Why those working in charities need to adopt an activist mentality, Liam Barrington-Bush, The Guardian
Liam Barrington-Bush discusses the hope “constructive subversion” may offer charity workers when seeking to affect change.

Have you spotted any good articles around this week? Leave a comment below to share them with us!

5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant at NDCS - Stolen Futures

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, which may be of interest.

1)    Neglected children must be better protected, Ofsted
A new Ofsted report says that more must be done to identify and respond effectively to neglect at the earliest stages so that the most vulnerable children in our society do not remain too long in families where they come to harm.

2)    Child mental health issues ‘missed, BBC
Experts warn that thousands of young people may be “slipping through the net” because adults do not spot the warning signs of mental health problems. MindEd, a new website, backed by groups including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, is being launched to increase awareness of these issues.

3)    UK charitable giving increased by £1.1bn to £10.4bn in 2012/13, Annette Rawstrone, Third Sector
New figures from the Charities Aid Foundation show that the average amount donated rose to £29. Overall, UK charitable giving increased by £1.1bn in 2012/13 to £10.4bn.

4)    What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong, Tony Haile, TIMEBusiness
Seeking to engage online users? This post dispels common myths and provides some useful lessons for us all.

5)    SignHealth claim research shows thousands of deaf people are suffering from “unintentional neglect” by the NHS, The Limping Chicken
SignHealth’s five year study into the health of Deaf people also reveals that these undiagnosed, potentially life-threatening conditions are costing the health service £30 million a year.

Have you spotted any good articles around this week? Leave a comment below to share them with us!

First month’s campaigning at NDCS

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant at NDCS - Stolen Futures

Alex Chitty, Campaigns Assistant

Having just celebrated one month of working for NDCS, it seems like the perfect time to share what my first few weeks have entailed.

A bit about my team
Joining NDCS, an organisation at the forefront of campaigning for deaf children and young people has been a fantastic experience. The team has been hugely welcoming and it has been great getting out and about meeting regional staff and learning more about the excellent campaigning that takes place. Much of this campaigning is driven by dedicated parents of deaf children and young people and has had some brilliant results.

What have I been up to?
A large part of my role is to support local campaigners – and the Stolen Futures campaign more widely at large – so that together we ensure that there is adequate funding for public services for deaf children and their families. So far this has included:

  • Reviewing the Ofsted statements of mainstream schools in several regions of England to see what specific provisions are being made deaf children and children with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Preparing and sending Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups asking for clarification on their budgets for deaf children and young people’s education, social care, and speech and language therapy
  • Highlighting opportunities for parents to participate in council-run consultations and surveys on SEN reform
  • Attending training on the 2010 Equality Act to find out how this piece of legislation can be used to protect and advocate for the rights of children with disabilities and/or SEN

What’s next?
Later this month we will be receiving responses to the FOI requests and from these we will be determining if any cuts to services have taken place or are scheduled to occur. We will then decide what campaigning steps we can take to reverse or stop these changes, so please do keep an eye on our cuts map for updates on your area.

Very excitingly, on 22nd March 2014, I will also be providing some training on ‘How to build effective relationships with local decision-makers and organisations’ at a Yorkshire and the Humber Networking Day.

How you can campaign
If you think campaigning sounds fun and would like to help us create a world without barriers for all deaf children, then why not join our Campaigns Network and lend your voice to our national and local lobbying? It’s a great way for you to find out more about what we are campaigning on and to get involved in some quick and easy actions! Or if you have an issue which you’d like help campaigning on, please do not hesitate to get in touch: campaigns@ndcs.org.uk