Thank you to everyone who has participated in this process to date, which includes over 1,300 RCSLT members, over 400 parents and carers, and over 200 other stakeholders.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this process, or would like to share your thoughts or experiences, please contact us.

Read now: RCSLT position statements

As part of this project, the RCSLT has produced position statements on assessment only services and caseload management.

When and why did we start this work?

The RCSLT initiated a strategy for children and young people’s speech and language therapy services in 2016, following on from a UK-wide workshop that identified both concerns and opportunity for change.

We embarked on a full review of RCSLT guidance and resources for those members who work with children and young people, focusing on how best to support the delivery of high-quality services.

This was rooted in a Mandate for Change, which you can read in full here.

What happened next?

We wanted to create living resources that fit your needs and reflect the experiences of those working with children and young people. To do this, we partnered in dialogue with you as our members, along with parents and carers, and other stakeholders working with children and young people.

These online conversations led to the development of outcomes for children and young people that are directly connected to the activities undertaken by speech and language therapists. They also revealed underlying guiding principles that run through all settings.

Responding to evidence

The Bercow: Ten Years On review has cast further light on issues central to the RCSLT Strategy for Children and Young People’s Speech and Language Therapy Services. Concerns raised over areas such as Did Not Attend (DNA) discharge policies directly informed our work, leading to the development of specific guidance that forms part of this overall strategy.

What can you expect?

1. RCSLT position statements on assessment-only services, caseload management and DNA and discharge policies.

2. The outcomes, activities and principles developed as part of this strategy project.

In the coming months, the new RCSLT website will be launched. This will draw together new and existing resources relevant to members working with children and young people, bringing the strategy project to life and creating a one-stop shop for:

  • Professional and clinical guidance
  • Links to relevant policy, evidence and tools that can support your practice, help you influence decision-makers and inform service planning.

Look out for more detail on these next steps in Bulletin, our e-newsletter and social media.