The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education

Testing a BSL questionnaire for mental health problems in children in England (2013).

Research in 2013

The National Deaf CAMHS and the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf worked together on some important research with deaf children, deaf parents, and deaf teachers.

What is it?

We now have a new BSL version of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. This measures mental health problems in deaf children with for versions 11-16 year olds, parents and teachers. It is important to screen for mental health problems in deaf children, and to do this in a way that is culturally and linguistically sensitive. We have translated it into BSL and need to test it with lots of deaf young people, parents and teachers.

What do we need?

We need to have 600 participants across England by July 2013 to properly test it. This is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and if we can show that this research has been successful, we will get more essential funding for research with deaf children and families.

What can teachers of the deaf do to help?

If you know of any deaf children, young people, parents or teachers (or teaching assistants) who have BSL as a main or fluent language, please let us know. We need children and young people with and without mental health problems (they can be healthy – this is fine). We will then contact you to let you know more about the study. We have lots of information packs for parents, teachers and children in English or BSL.

Who do I contact?

For general information email Kate Moore, or ring 01904 721258.

This is a national study, and we have researchers across the country that you can contact. They are based in the main NDCAMHS sites.

Lilli Risner in London (High Trees)

Helen Philips in Nottingham/Dudley

Kosar Qaddus in Taunton

Josie Smith in York

Feel free to contact the one nearest to you.

Who is involved in this research?

This study is a collaboration between National Deaf CAMHS, the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf, the National Deaf Children Society, and York and Manchester Universities.