Recent research in one local area shows that numbers of young people aged 15-19 with severe or complex needs increased by 70% between 1998 and 2008.

SLCN commissioning tools

The speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) tools are specific tools which will help commissioners and service providers to improve both the system and services. This will then lead to better outcomes for children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Please follow the links below to view an introduction to the tools, then the tools themselves, which have been developed by the Commissioning Support Programme.


1. Introduction
2. Needs assessment
3. Whole system mapping and design
4. User involvement and consultation
5. Workforce planning
6. Evaluating outcomes


About the Commissioing Support Programme
The Commissioning Support Programme offers flexible support to local authorities and their partner organisations as they confront the challenges of improving and redesigning services.

Please click here to find out more.