DeafKidz International Strategic Framework 2016-19

DeafKidz International is D/deaf led. We are unique amongst international health and development agencies in that we’re led and managed by D/deaf people working to foster deaf / hearing partnerships.

Our Approach

DeafKidz International is D/deaf led. We are unique amongst international health and development agencies in that we’re led and managed by D/deaf people working to foster deaf / hearing partnerships. The insight this affords is crucial to the credibility and relevance of the services we provide to partners. Our people also act as positive D/deaf role models, challenging preconceptions about what deaf children and young people can achieve.

  • We operate business-to-business. Rather than seeking to create parallel structures or building new services from scratch, DeafKidz International acts as an advisor and point of reference for the global health and development community to ensure existing services are strengthened to be accessible and relevant to deaf children and young people.

  • Interventions are evidence-based. There is a paucity of evidence about the scale of the challenges affecting D/deaf children and young people. DeafKidz International is committed to building up an evidence base to shine a light on the health and child protection issues affecting D/deaf children and young people in developing countries, and demonstrate effective intervention models to address these challenges.

  • We harness appropriate technology. In a fast-moving world, there are more and more opportunities for D/deaf children and young people to use technology to access the world around them. DeafKidz International is partnering with the global communications industry to pioneer use of mobile phone and video relay service technology where relevant infrastructure is available. We seek to empower D/deaf children and young people and their families to make the best use of technology; to test, trial and adapt new approaches that deliver true inclusion.

  • Under-served geographies are our priority. DeafKidz International prioritises hard-to-reach areas where conflict, culture, gender and violence dynamics make the operating environment challenging. It is in these areas that the need for innovative interventions is most urgent, and where DeafKidz International can add greatest value.

Our Strategic Goals

Goal 1:

To create new models of practice empowering deaf children and young people to make informed choices and stay safe from abuse.

Outcomes

  • D/deaf children and young people are aware of their sexual and reproductive health rights and are equipped with the practical and inter-personal skills to make informed choices.

  • D/deaf children and young people are protected from all forms of sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect.

  • D/deaf children and young people can access criminal justice and support systems in the communication mode of choice.

How we will achieve this goal

  • Partnering with the telecoms industry and expert non-profit partners to pilot innovative and scalable means of accessing reporting mechanisms and helpline support including Video Relay Services (VRS).

  • Brokering partnerships between British and overseas police forces to deliver peer-to-peer capacity building, ensuring that criminal justice systems and related support systems are strengthened to be inclusive and accessible to deaf children and young people.

  • Designing programmes which take account of the child’s whole ecosystem and engage with families, schools, peers and employers as well as D/deaf children and young people themselves.

  • Testing and documenting approaches to ensuring deaf young people have access to livelihoods to reduce poverty, increase self-esteem and promote positive life choices.


Goal 2:

To influence and build capacity in public health systems to provide appropriate and accessible health care services

Outcomes

  • D/deaf children and young people have access to appropriate and timely interventions which ensure good ear health and optimal hearing.

  • D/deaf children and young people have access to confidential HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health provision.

  • Avoidable deafness in infants and children is prevented.

How we will achieve this goal

  • Partnering with Ministries of Health and relevant technical partners to develop the necessary pathways, protocols and infrastructure for cost-effective, appropriate and scalable Models of ENT care.

  • Strengthening provision of inclusive health care through technical advisory work with government, commercial and non-profit health care providers.

  • Mainstreaming ear and hearing care, including newborn hearing screening, into existing national and global public health initiatives through engagement with multi-lateral agencies.