Deaf Children: Statistics

The key to unlocking a deaf child’s potential is the family unit. That is why families of deaf children must receive the full range of support and information to which they are entitled. This is not currently the case.

  • There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK.
  • 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no experience of deafness or knowledge of how to communicate with a deaf person.
  • 40% of deaf children have additional needs.
  • Four babies are born deaf every day.
  • Many families struggle to communicate effectively with their deaf child.
  • Many deaf children struggle to communicate with their immediate family, and develop language at a slower rate than their hearing peers.
  • Given the right support there is no reason for any deaf child to develop language at a slower rate than a hearing child with similar abilities.
  • Deafness is not a learning disability. There is no reason why the majority of deaf children should achieve any less than hearing children.
  • Deaf children are at far higher risk of developing mental illness than their hearing peers.
  • Deaf children need to be able to communicate effectively, access information and influence the world around them by any appropriate method whether through sign language, oral communication or a combination of approaches.


Our thanks to the NDCS for their permission to use the statistics above. Further information can be found on the NDCS website.