The Bercow review for children and young people needs and services

The Bercow Review was published in July 2008 as the result of an independent cross-government review chaired by John Bercow, MP and RCSLT vice-president.

The report, entitled the Bercow review of services for children and young people (0-19) with speech, language and communication needs, was the culmination of a major consultation process. It included a questionnaire which received over 2,000 responses, meetings with groups of parents and visits to children's centres, nurseries, primary and secondary schools across England.

The final report followed the submission of an interim report in March 2008. The RCSLT worked closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Mr Bercow to support and contribute to the review.

The report set out 40 recommendations to improve services and the Government launched its response to the review on 17 December 2008.

The response, Better Communication: An action plan to improve services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), accepted many of the review's recommendations.

The action plan contained a range of initiatives to improve services for children and young people with SLCN and understanding across the whole children's workforce of the importance of speech, language and communication.

Many initiatives are integrated within mainstream programmes and projects to ensure all services understand the importance of supporting children with SLCN.





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