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Guiding principles and codes of practice: Do Teachers of Deaf Children and Young People need them? Calling QToDs and parents of deaf children

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Rachel O’Neill and Eilidh McEwan from the University of Edinburgh and Rob Wilks from University of West of England are running a piece of research until June 2024, Guiding principles and codes of practice: Do Teachers of Deaf Children and Young People need them? 
We are looking for 30 QToDs who are prepared to be interviewed about ethical dilemmas they face in their work with deaf children and families. The transcripts from these interviews will be fully anonymised then checked by the interviewee before being analysed. This group of interviewees is only for qualified ToDs, not those in training. We are happy to interview some retired QTODs as their experience will give valuable insights into how the role of the QToD has changed, especially in relation to work with families in their own homes.
In addition, we have a questionnaire for parents which asks about their experiences in interacting with ToDs. We are seeking a balanced sample of parents of deaf children, so we are asking BATOD members if they could reach out to a wide range of families, including those who don’t speak English. We have translated the questionnaire into commonly used community languages and it is also available in BSL. Please email Rachel to request other languages. We can also provide voice files for families who are less literate in English or their home language.
We are also reviewing BATOD magazines to find out more about how ethical dilemmas are discussed by the ToD profession.
Here are links to the blog which gives further information about the study, the information sheet for QToDs, and the information sheet for parents . We will report the results of the study in the BATOD magazine later in the year and all participants will receive a summary.
If you have any questions about the study, please email Rachel on [email protected].