The Box learning journey

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Free elearning designed for professionals working in the justice sector

We’ve hit over 500 sign-ups for the Box since we launched at the start of June 2018 – have you seen it yet? The map below shows locations in the UK, but we have also had sign-ups from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore and Canada. 

Go to The Box

To access The Box learning journey please go to


Open The Box to:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of SLCN – what they are and the effect they can have on someone’s behaviour
  • Recognise the signs that someone may have SLCN, and know where to go for further support
  • Find out how to use screening tools to check for SLCN
  • Learn how to apply different support strategies to help people with SLCN to understand and engage in the justice process
  • Understand the legal responsibilities and how they apply to you and your work with people with SLCN 

How it will help you

The Box learning journey is designed to give professionals in the justice system the ability to identify communication issues and the skills to work successfully with individuals who have such issues.

Research shows that a high number of offenders have speech, language and communication needs. Antisocial behaviour, school exclusion and custodial sentences can be a direct result of these needs.

This elearning aims to develop your understanding of what communication difficulties are and the possible impact on the individual and on your work with them.

It can be completed in any order, at your own pace - the modules will save your progress so you do not have to do it all at once.

The new course can be accessed remotely, which saves learners time away from work (which is often hard to arrange for those working in the justice system) and travel costs compared to attending a face-to-face course. In addition the RCSLT is delighted to be able to offer it free of charge. 

Spread the word

RCSLT will be promoting via national press and media; by engaging with civil servants, Ministers and interested MPs and Peers and sharing with colleagues across the justice system.

If you are a speech and language therapist and would like to help spread the word here are some ways you can help:

  • Contact your local justice agency and share this with them
  • Consider making a business case to your commissioners to support people with SLCN
  • Let RCSLT know if a contact is interested in getting access to speech and language therapy  

We have also created some posters for you to share in your networks or print for staffrooms:


Delve inside The Box


The Box contain a series of modules from which people can choose.


Sub module

1.      Introduction to SLCN


To raise awareness of SLCN and who it can impact

Why is it important to recognise individuals with SLCN?

To further raise awareness and understanding of SLCN and their complexity

2.      Recognising individuals with SLCN

To be able to recognise individuals with SLCN

To understand the potential impact of SLCN on an individual

3.      SLCN – why does it happen?


To be aware of the research into the communication needs of offenders

To be aware of interrelated issues

4.      Understanding communication breakdown (to improve interaction/relationships)

To understand how communication may breakdown

To practice managing communication breakdown

5.      Screening for SLCN

To be able to screen for SLCN

RCSLT & AssetPlus screen  (a screening tool for SLCN and neuro-disability)

6.      Accessible information


To be able to design and adapt written information to make it more accessible

7.      Language strategies


How to support an individual with SLCN (using language strategies)

8.      Visual strategies


How to support an individual with SLCN (using visual strategies)

9.      Legislative responsibility


To understand the support available at the Police station and why this may be required

To understand the support available at Court and why this may be required

To understand how SEN legislation applies in the CJS

10.  Commissioning a service


Understanding the evidence which demonstrates the need for SLT services in the CJS

Practical guidance on developing a bid for SLT input

Providing links with local services


Find out more about speech and language therapy in the justice setting:


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