Our work with young Deaf people and children aims to raise awareness in order to prevent abuse from happening in the first place. Young people need to be aware of the dangers and able to identify inappropriate behaviours. Early intervention is crucial.
SignHealth offers workshops and 1-1 sessions at schools, clubs and youth services. Experienced Young People’s Violence Advisors (YPVA) provide engaging lessons aimed at encouraging self-esteem and healthy relationships, as well as the prevention of abuse.
Topics covered include:
- Deaf Identity
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Forced Marriage
- Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
- Human Rights
- Sexual Consent
- Sexual Health
- Types of Abuse
SignHealth offers the only domestic abuse service and prevention programme in the UK specialising in working with Deaf people. We currently offer our prevention workshops for young people living in Kent, Sussex and Greater London, but we are looking to expand our services elsewhere and we are happy to talk with professionals and commissioners further.
An independent evaluation of our domestic abuse prevention programme (previously known as Young DeafHope) by AVA (Against Violence and Abuse, 2014) affirmed Deaf children’s lack of awareness about sex/relationships and their greater vulnerability to abuse. It recognised the service as having “filled a huge gap in current service provision and are trail blazers for this work”.