FAQ – Answer 4

How do we negotiate Ewing Foundation involvement in our setting?

The Ewing Foundation aims to support professionals in order to improve academic and social inclusion of deaf children using hearing and speech. We do not intend to replace or undermine the training and provision made by local authority advisory services. We would therefore expect most initial enquiries to be received from local services, although there might be exceptions.

In the first instance, contact the Consultant or Technician based in your area. This may not be the person who eventually delivers the input but they will be able to discuss your needs and, if appropriate, put you in touch with the appropriate team member(s). Alternatively, contact Pauline Hughes, our Chief Executive for a general discussion of ways we may be able to help.

What we need to know:

  • Your key issues
  • The number of staff involved
  • The type of setting
  • The projected timescale (eg one-off visit; ongoing programme)
  • The desired outcomes

What will happen next:

  • We will consider your requirements and discuss with you possible ways your aims may be met
  • This discussion may be by telephone and email or may involve a preliminary visit (for which no charge will be made)
  • We will identify the type of input we think will be most helpful and negotiate with you how and when it will be delivered and what charges will be made.
  • Please note that for some types of provision (which we class as ‘core work’) there may be no charge, although we may ask for travel expenses to be covered.

How we will proceed:

  • Discuss where the input is to be delivered and the facilities available
  • Delivery of the negotiated input on the agreed date(s)
  • If appropriate, co-opt representatives from other agencies to assist with delivery
  • Depending on the type of input, we may include some or all of the following features:
    • A pre-training questionnaire for participants to complete to help us plan the input most effectively
    • An evaluation form for participants at the end of a training event
    • An analysis of evaluation forms and summary to enable you to see how effective our input has been and to identify future training needs
  • To aid our own Quality Assurance, we may occasionally (but not more than once a year) ask you to complete a brief questionnaire about the effectiveness of our services.