Since our beginnings 150 years ago, Deaf Children Australia has worked towards the wellbeing of deaf children and young people.
Deaf young people are as vulnerable today, as they have been over the preceding decades through a continuing lack of access to information, support and services designed to meet their needs. While there are significant risk factors that confront young deaf people, Deaf Children Australia has been keen to adopt a wellbeing approach rather than a remedial approach to our work. In 2009, we were very pleased to host the 4th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness together with our partner organisation at the time, Deaf Services Queensland. At that congress, one of the keynote speakers was Yasmin Kovic who as an employee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the United Kingdom, had developed a resource specifically for deaf young people, called Safe. As a result of subsequent negotiations, we were able to negotiate a licence for the production of a Safe resource for the Australian context.
We are very pleased to have brought this resource, the Safe program to fruition in the official 150th year of Deaf Children Australia’s endeavours. The NSPCC is a world leading child safety and advocacy organisation. The material is first rate and our own development of this resource has been the result of painstaking efforts on behalf of our team with many advisers along the way. We have decided that a web-based resource would provide easier access, greater flexibility and therefore greater opportunity for young people in Australia.
We look forward to your exploration of this product and trust we will develop a long term relationship with you in supporting your educational programs for young deaf people.
Chief Executive Officer
Deaf Children Australia