Parent Support for Deaf Infants - Research to Find Best Practice


We have been awarded funding by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to find the best international research (a systematic review) for parenting support interventions for the parents of deaf infants aged 0-5 years. This systematic review begins in Summer 2019. Before we do this we would like to look at what support is currently available across the UK. The workshops will also help to make sure that we search for the right things in the systematic review.

When and where are the meetings?

There will be two meetings and it is only necessary to attend one. Both are free and lunch will be provided. Unfortunately we are unable to pay for your travel.



Date: Friday 14th June 2019

Time: 12pm-4pm 

Venue: The University of York, Alcuin Research Resource Centre, Alcuin Building, Alcuin Way, Heslington Lane, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD


Date: Friday 12th July 2019

Time: 11am-3pm

Venue: Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, 4 Wollstonecraft Street, London, N1C 4BT

What will happen at the meetings?

The meetings will have some 10 minute presentations focusing on current practice from different places around the country. This will be followed by discussions about what different people think best practice is.

How to register:

We hope that you will be able to attend one of these meetings. If you would like to register for one of the meetings please send an email to Sharon Bird: [email protected]. If you have any specific dietary requirements then please let us know.  If you later need to cancel please contact Sharon.

What do we want to find out?

This systematic review will examine interventions to support the development of language and communication in deaf infants, but will also look at any other intervention supporting the development of deaf infants (including social and emotional development). We think that it is an important study to try and find out what best practice might look like.

Who would we like information from?

We are hoping that a wide range of interested people and groups will come along.

What if I cannot attend the workshops?

If you are not able to attend either of these but would like to pass on information to the study, there are two ways that you can do this:

  • Please send us any information you think may be relevant via email.
  • Please ask us to contact you, letting us know the best way of contacting you and whether you have any interpreting needs.  We are happy to meet face to face, on facetime, via telephone or any other way that would be easiest for you.

If there is anyone you think would be interested in attending the meetings please pass this email onto them and let us know.

Individual data will never be identified by locality, service or person and will simply be used to establish the variability of practice and report on the range of services available.

Our ultimate aim is to improve the well-being of deaf infants and their parents by finding the best available evidence for parent support from research practice. We will pass this on to policy makers and practitioners in a final report.

We would like to thank you for your support in advance.