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

Senedd Cymru Children, Young People and Education Committee inquiry into disabled children and young people’s access to childcare and education

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is conducting an inquiry into disabled children and young people’s access to childcare and education and the extent to which childcare providers, schools and local authorities meet their duties under the Equality Act 2010.

In this inquiry, the Committee would like to understand how children and young people who are neurodivergent, have physical, sensory or learning disabilities are able to access all aspects of education and childcare. We would really appreciate your thoughts on this inquiry.  You may want to comment on one or all of the focused areas. Please use the proforma to respond if you wish or alternatively you can share your thoughts via email –  The deadline for response is Thursday 27th July 2023.

We are also planning to hold a lunchtime focus group for this inquiry to gather your feedback. The dates for this will be Wednesday 19th July at 12pm or Monday 21st August at 12pm. Please email with your preference.

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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