August 26, 2016

In line with the Family Planning Association (FPA), Brook, the Sex Education Forum and other sexual healthcare providers we believe that sex and relationships education (SRE) should be a statutory subject for children and young people of all ages at primary and secondary schools. We also want to see it taught in a deaf-friendly way.
 

Our research revealed that deaf pupils are not being given the level of information and education required by the Nation...

August 24, 2016

 Don't forget it is Sexual Health

Week from 12th - 18th September!

Although some young deaf people learn about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) at school, this training isn't consistent and is often just biological, which means infections may not even be discussed.

In 2015, there were more than 435,000 STI diagnoses in England, and rates across the UK remain high compared to other countries in western Europe.

The Family Planning Association (FPA) ha...

June 22, 2016

We’ve recently started delivering one of the most challenging training programmes for schools in our 30-year history.  It’s called ‘Prevent 2B Safe’ and is part of a high-profile national counter-terrorism and security initiative.

Deafax has developed these anti-radicalisation training workshops for deaf pupils.  We know that extremists target the vulnerable and those who are ‘different’ and they exploit social media to recruit young people.  The grooming te...

April 26, 2016

 

Our trainer Rubbena talks about our anti-radicalisation module for Prevent 2Be Safe:

Our Anti-radicalisation module has taken us over a year to develop.  Being such a sensitive topic we met with Prevention Officers several times to discuss the content of our module with them as there were many things we needed to consider.  For example, where do we draw the boundary lines when educating young people about anti-radicalisation and terrorism?  How do we ensure...

March 30, 2016

 Our volunteer Will accompanied Rubbena, our lead trainer, to teach Deaf children Emotional Wellbeing and Visual Music; here is a bit about his experience:

 

"I’m a musician and volunteer at Deafax. Last week I went with our lead trainer, Rubbena, to help teach Deaf children, aged 9 upwards, about rhythm in music and how to write their own rhythm compositions. I’m hearing and don’t sign (although I am about to learn), and I found interacting with these childr...

January 4, 2016

 

It is all over the news and being mentioned by politicians, CEOP and other safe-guarding agencies but what is the prevention agenda and how can we meet it?

 

One of the key points is that terrorist groups tend to target people who are on the edge, marginalised and vulnerable providing them with the opportunity to become included and powerful. We know that exploring ideas, developing a sense of identity and forming opinions are a normal part of growing up, ye...

August 23, 2015

The majority of the deaf children trained by Deafax in a Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) lesson do not recognise the word ‘contraception’ or indeed understand what it means.  Even when we subsequently taught them the word, writing it down and demonstrating the sign along with a definition, they were still unable to recall it correctly, instead using the words ‘concept’, ‘conception’ and ‘construction’ in its place.  Yet, there is far less confusion ab...

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