Wales policy

Wales policy

Wales policy and public affairs team

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Empowered by members’ expertise, the RCSLT Wales Policy and Public Affairs team seeks to secure you a seat at the top table, influencing Welsh government ministers, Members of the Senedd and civil servants.

We build relationships with Members of the Senedd, Welsh Government and key organisations to change legislation and policy.

We campaign for better lives for people with communication and swallowing needs, including working with service users and service user organisations.

We support you to influence locally, providing you with both strategic advice and practical resources.

  • Pippa Cotterill – Head of Wales office (days of work – Monday)
  • Caroline Walters – External Affairs Manager (days of work – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
  • Naila Noori – External Affairs Officer, (days of work – Monday to Thursday)

Contact us

3rd Floor, Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SB

Telephone us:

Caroline Walters – 029 2002 5585

Naila Noori – 029 2002 5583

Email us:

Follow @RCSLTWales and @RCSLTpolicy on Twitter for latest news and updates.

Priorities for our office

Our priorities for 2023-24 are:

  • Workforce
  • Early years
  • Care Closer to Home
  • Youth justice
  • Communication Access UK (CAUK)
  • Youth justice
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Opportunities to engage

DLD Awareness day event – Tuesday 17th October 2023, 12pm-2pm, Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay

We are marking DLD day in a big way this year! We are co-hosting an event at the Senedd with NAPLIC, RADLD and Parents Voices in Wales to raise awareness of DLD. We have invited officials from Welsh Government, health boards, local authorities, education and Senedd members to come along and learn more about DLD.  We are really keen for as many people as possible from across Wales who work with people with DLD or have lived experience to join us on the day.

In our experience, politicians and decisionmakers really enjoy talking to speech and language therapists on the ground and people with lived experience so would be fantastic if  speech and language therapists could  join us and/or work with families who might be willing to come along. It will be a very informal opportunity with a free lunch and goody bags for any young people attending.  We would be happy to pay travel expenses also.  Please could you email if you would like to attend with any access and/or dietary requirements.

Our responses are formed by engaging with our members to gain invaluable feedback. We’ll share any opportunities to engage here and on social media.

Find other ways to engage with the wider RCSLT on the get involved page.

Responses and briefings

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Children and young people

Early years
Looked after children
Additional Learning Needs reform (ALN)
Neurodevelopmental services
Social emotional mental health
School of attendance


Mental health

General health and social care policy

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

RCSLT Wales factsheets

Communication Access UK (CAUK)

Communication Access UK is an initiative developed in partnership by charities and organisations that share a vision to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties. Led by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, together, we’ve developed the Communication Access Symbol, a new disability access symbol underpinned by a completely free training package and standards. We hope that these will help individuals and businesses or organisations to better support people with communication difficulties.

CAUK is a priority for our office. Our focus currently is the Welsh language version of the initiative.

Who should I try to influence in Wales?

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External stakeholders in Wales you can seek to influence include:


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