"In Worcestershire we want to ensure that every child
has every opportunity to develop and achieve in a fun, safe and
stimulating environment. The development of effective communication
skills is one of the key priorities to help us succeed in this.
Children who have good communication skills have improved life
chances and choices which enable them to lead fulfilling
life-styles throughout their childhood and into adulthood."
(Worcestershire "Developing Speech, Language and Communication:
Making a Difference for Children and Yung People: Good Practice
Guidelines" page 2)
The Worcestershire County Council Policy on Education Inclusion
aims to define the values and principles that will drive practice
for children with a learning difficulty and/or disability.
Having a clear vision and shared understanding of the outcomes for
all children is vital to success and the Pathway supports the
Inclusion Policy's vision where 'everything possible is done to
minimise barriers to children and young peoples' learning at the
earliest opportunity.' (Worcestershire County Council Policy on
Education Inclusion, March 2010)
To provide speech, language and communication
need support for children and young people, as needed, at an
appropriate level, as early as possible, to maximise ability to
achieve thus improving life chances.
Core delivery principles
- There will be universal information, advice
and guidance to all schools, settings and parents and carers to
support speech, language and communication development.
- There will be clarity around provision,
access to provision and pathways at all levels of need.
- Those settings and schools in rural and urban
areas of poverty will receive additional universal and targeted
- There will be integrated specialist speech
and language therapy services available equitably according to
- The service will provide seamless
intervention and support at the earliest opportunity and in the
most appropriate environment. There will be a link speech and
language therapist for every Children’s Centre and school.
- There will be opportunities for educational
settings and schools to purchase an enhanced service from locally
held budgets. There will be clarity regarding core and additional
services at all levels. Clear guidelines will ensure that
Worcestershire schools and settings are able to make an informed
choice when commissioning additional services.
- Parents and carers will receive support and
advice and be practically involved throughout their contact with
- Service users, families and carers will have
an opportunity to participate in the feedback and improvement to
- Training and development opportunities will
be provided to ensure that the whole workforce is able to identify
need at the earliest opportunity and support children.'
(From the "Proposed Model of Service Delivery"
(Joint Commissioning Services to Children and Young People with
Speech, Language and Communication Needs Service Redesign, March
© Worcestershire County
Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.
Within the SLCN Pathway :
- The use of child/children
refers to children and young people
- The use of setting includes
childminders, children's centres, nurseries, pre-schools,
- The use of parents refers to
parents and carers.
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