The ability to communicate is an essential life skill for all children and young people and it underpins a child’s social, emotional and educational development. Strong language and communication skills are linked to better outcomes for children and young people in school and beyond.
10% of all children have long term or persistent speech language and communication needs (SLCN) – the most prevalent special educational need identified by primary schools. The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service is commissioned by the NHS and Worcestershire County Council to deliver services at a targeted and specialist level to children attending mainstream schools, working in partnership with the wider workforce to meet children’s needs. Additional services from direct therapy to whole setting/school training and everything in between are available to be commissioned by schools to enhance their core service.