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Involving Children and Young People with SLCN - resources for education settings

We have two free online resources for staff working in education settings to help them understand, review and shape their approach to involving children and young people as part of everyday good practice.

Our Involving Children and Young People - a Brief Guide is an accessible resource covering the strategies you can use to gain the views, wishes and feelings of children and young people, ideas and advice to enable them to participate as fully as possible in decision making, and information about outcome settings for children and young people with SLCN. Inside the guide are links to a number of new printable resources you can download from our website and keep in your classroom or setting. The Guide contains links to printable resources to keep in your setting.

Our Involving Children and Young People with SLCN – a Toolkit for education settings is a larger resource, with over 100 pages dedicated to providing information and guidance about what practitioners are required to do by the 2014 SEND Code of Practice 0-25 around involving children and young people. It draws on content from the 'Children and Young People at the Centre' chapter of our resource 'Communicating the Code', and also on research commissioned by The Trust and undertaken by the University of the West of England and Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit.

You might want to:

  • Use the Brief Guide as introductory material before working through the Toolkit
  • Download the Brief Guide and its accompanying resources for reference in your setting
  • Choose either the Guide or the Toolkit to work through at your own pace

However you decide you use the resources, don’t forget to give us your feedback - our work at The Communication Trust is funded and evaluation of it is crucial in helping us continue to secure future funding.