22 June 2023

We have produced a statement for members on accessing interpreters when working with children and young people.  

It is essential that speech and language therapists work with professional interpreters when supporting children in their home language (if other than English or Welsh) in order to provide an equitable service for all learners.   

The Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) has revised its standards of proficiency. The revised standards for each profession come into effect on 1 September 2023.   

Further details on the standards of proficiency can be found in the member area.

Speech and language therapists are at risk of being investigated by the HCPC if they are reported for breaching the standards, and this could result in sanctions being imposed or other penalties put in place. 

RCSLT have also produced some guidance on bilingualism highlighting the risks of not using a child’s home language.