As part of the launch of Bercow: ten years on, I CAN and the RCSLT have launched an inquiry into support for children with SLCN.

We are inviting individuals and organisations to make written submissions sharing their experiences of the reality of SLCN support and information for children, young people and their families, and the impact of this on outcomes for children and young people.

We are seeking insight regarding support for children and young people with and without a diagnosis or an education health and care plan (EHC), including SLCN associated with deprivation. We welcome contributions from a wide range of stakeholders including:

  • Practitioners: individuals who work with children and young people in a range of settings, such as advisory teachers and teaching assistants, early-years practitioners, youth-offending teams and speech and language therapists.
  • Parents, carers and children and young people.
  • Service managers, commissioners, decision-makers and employers who have an interest in children’s speech, language and communication skills.
  • Experts such as academics and charitable organisations who have specialist expertise regarding SLCN and wider support.

In addition, we are inviting contributions via a short online survey into the support children with SLCN are getting, and the scale of the issue.

Take part in the Bercow: ten years on - call for evidence.

If you have any questions about the Bercow: Ten Years On inquiry, please email