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It helps to talk (language and communication skills: the foundation of SEND support) (workshop five)

Workshop leaders
Kamini Gadhok MBE, CEO, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and Michelle Morris, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group.

Workshop details
The policy context in relation to SEND and how identifying and supporting speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) might help to reduce children and young people's involvement in the justice sector.

For those children and young people who might be involved in the justice sector, the importance of support through a speech and language therapist to enable them to access and benefit from rehabilitation programmes.

Delegates will receive a brief description of RCSLT's influencing in these areas of work and guidance that has been developed, together with examples of good practice through a thematic approach and how this may apply to mainstream and special schools, and PRUs.

Workshop outcomes
  • An overview of the national guidance and resources available from the RCSLT and examples of national policy influencing, and local good practice
  • An understanding of the factors that influence good support for all children with SLCN, including workforce development and using a 'whole school approach'
  • A practical activity will be used that delegates can also take back to their workplace.
Target audience
All delegates from all phases and settings.

Leaders' biographies
Kamini Gadhok MBE is the CEO of the RCSLT. A key role that includes supporting service change by building strong partnerships with other stakeholders.

Michelle Morris is a consultant speech and language therapist and designated clinical officer for NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group. Michelle has extensive experience as both an NHS provider and commissioner.