Deaf Children and Young People’s Experiences of Using Specialist Mental Health Services


*Bryony Beresford, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK, Tel.: 01904 321950; Fax: 01904 321953. E-mail:


Deaf children have an increased prevalence of mental health problems compared with hearing children. Generic Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services do not have the skills or expertise to meet the mental health needs of this group of children. Three teams in England provide specialist mental health services for deaf children. This research explored children’s experiences of using these services. Twenty-four deaf children participated in the study. Overall children valued and benefited from the service. The expertise of the staff and the presence of deaf clinicians were key to these positive experiences.