The Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network is a sub-network of the Civil Service Disability Network (CSDN) and is open to all civil servants.
The network is designed primarily to provide support to any member of staff who is – or cares for someone who is – either deaf or suffers from hearing loss, or anyone interested in understanding more about deafness and hearing loss.
The network offers the opportunity for everyone to come together as a group, to discuss, share and support each other on all matters relating to deafness and hearing loss.
It engages with people across government with the aim of offering all civil servants the opportunity to challenge, and have 'your say', in helping us to shape the deafness and hearing loss agenda for the Civil Service.
The Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network is on Twitter @CSDeafHHearing.
To provide advice, information, support and guidance to all Civil Service staff on deafness and hearing loss and work together across the Civil Service to raise the profile of deafness and hearing loss while sharing and promoting best practice.
- To promote increased awareness of deafness and hearing loss issues across the Civil Service.
- To address specific problems for the deafness and hearing loss community across the Civil Service.
- To increase awareness of deafness and hearing loss issues across the Civil Service.
- To offer a forum to raise and address specific concerns related to deafness and hearing loss.
- To link with the Civil Service Disability Network and establish a pool of role models to promote the challenges of deafness and hearing loss across the Civil Service.
- To engage proactively with policy development, the Civil Service Disability Network, Civil Service Workplace Adjustment Team and other departmental networks as appropriate, to ensure consideration is given to deafness and hearing loss requirements at an early stage.
- To support the Civil Service Disability Network (CSDN) as requested, including raising issues concerning deafness and hearing loss to the CSDN and working with it to implement and support policy changes.
- Establish links with Diversity and Inclusion staff across the Civil Service, sharing best practice and providing mutual support where deafness and hearing loss issues arise.
The strategy for the network is in development and will be published by the end of December 2019.
The five principles of the Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network
- We will be honest with ourselves, our sponsors, champions and all our stakeholders.
- We will uphold Civil Service standards of behaviour, including the Civil Service Code.
- We will promote our work, in a manner that is aligned with the Civil Service Disability Network and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
- We welcome everyone to be part of our network within the Civil Service.
- We are inclusive of each other as network members and act and speak with one voice.
Initiatives the Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network is implementing
- Development of a mentor programme and buddy network to support our members.
- Bi-monthly events, working closely with Civil Service Local across the UK, to promote the network.
- Development of a newsletter is underway, to communicate network news and activities.
- Identification of role models to take part in a ‘role model book’.
- Establishing effective working links with other networks and organisations inside and outside of the Civil Service.
Meetings are held quarterly.
Copies of the minutes of meetings are available on request.
If you would like to join the Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network, or find out more about it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you have any questions about disability networks across the Civil Service, please contact the Civil Service Disability Network.