Policy and campaigns: Northern Ireland
Information about our work in Northern Ireland.
RCSLT Northern Ireland assembly election 2016 manifesto: ‘Communication at the heart of health and wellbeing’.
Elections for the Northern Ireland assembly took place on 5 May 2016. We asked all our political parties to support our high 5 manifesto asks which highlight needs across key areas: health and social care workforce, children, young people, adults and communication disability. We are calling on our politicians to work with us to improve outcomes for people in Northern Ireland with communication and swallowing difficulties and support the work of the speech and language therapy profession.
- RCSLT NI Manifesto High 5
- NI manifesto briefing paper health and social care workforce
- NI manifesto briefing papers children
- NI manifesto briefing paper young people
- NI manifesto briefing paper adults
- NI manifesto briefing paper communication disability
For additional information please contact RCSLT NI, tel. 028 9044 6387 or e-mail Janet McGookin.
Voice Box Northern Ireland
Voice Box is Northern Ireland’s national joke competition designed to raise awareness among children of the fun and importance of communication.
RCSLT NI is working with the Northern Ireland Assembly again to bring the Voice Box Awards to Stormont in March 2017.
Voice Box 2016 was the most successful Voice Box Awards so far with more than 1,500 school pupils taking part. The live grand final was hosted by the speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 7 March 2016. All entries from 2016 are included in the Voice Box joke book.
For further information on the Northern Ireland Voice Box in March 2017, please contact Janet McGookin.
- RCSLT briefing: NI Assembly Health Committee review of the impact of the AHP professions to community care (November 2016)
- RCSLT MLA briefing (March 2013)
- Response to consultation on draft Special Educational Needs Regulations (May 2016)
- Submission to the Sign Language Framework, Department of Communities (July 2016)
- Submission to Improving Health within Criminal Justice consultation document (June 2016)
- Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People in Northern Ireland consultation questionnaire (Aug 2015)
- Submission from the RCSLT to the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on the Mental Capacity Bill (June 2015)
- 'Supporting the best start in life' Infant Mental Health Framework and Action Plan 2015-2018 Consultation questionnaire (May 2015)
- Response to NI Draft Mental Capacity Bill (August 2014)
- RCSLT NI submission to The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Northern Ireland
- Response to Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Employment and Learning inquiry into post special educational need provision in education, employment and training for those with learning disabilities (March 2014)
- Response to consultation on ‘Who Cares? The Future of Adult Care and Support in Northern Ireland’ (March 2013)
- Response to consultation on draft Autism Strategy and Action Plan (March 2013)
- Response to consultation on Western Education and Library Board development proposals (March 2013)
- Submission to the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Justice inquiry into criminal justice services available to victims and witnesses of crime (November 2011)
- Response to consultation on draft Disability Action Plan (October 2011)
- Response to consultation on ‘Strategy for the Allied Health Professions (AHP) in Northern Ireland’ (September 2011)
Campaigns and projects
- Giving Voice - aims to ‘give voice’ to people with speech, language and communication needs, to ensure their needs and those of their carers and families, are met. We equip our members to demonstrate locally how speech and language therapy makes a difference to individuals and society, whilst RCSLT officers work to engage decision makers and the media at a national level.
- Youth offenders and criminal justice
- Improvements in stroke care
- Alison McCullough, Head of RCSLT Northern Ireland Office
Telephone: 02890 446385
Postal address: Arthur House, 41 Arthur Street, Belfast BT1 4GB.