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Involving Children and Young People with SLCN - A toolkit for education settings

We have produced a free online resource 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 - Involving Children and Young People with SLCN - A toolkit for education settings.

The online toolkit, which has handy links within the toolkit and to external information, contains 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 includes a way to review current practice as well as practical activities, approaches and signposting to tools that can be used across a whole setting to make systemic changes, promoting personalised, meaningful involvement of children and young people with SLCN at varying levels an integrated way of practice.

The toolkit draws on content from the 'Children and Young People at the Centre' chapter of our resource 'Communicating the Code', and also on recent research commissioned by The Trust and undertaken by the University of the West of England and Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit. This research explores the views of children and young people with SLCN and their families on their involvement in decision-making. You can find the full research report from this project and the executive summary here.

To access the Involving Children and Young People with SLCN - A toolkit for education settings resource, please click here to complete a short registration form. When you've completed the form you'll be taken directly to the toolkit. 



June 2017;

This year, we have been funded under our contract with the Department for Education SEND Division to develop the toolkit further to include more practical tools and materials to support practitioners to involve children and young people of all ages.

In this crucial final transition stage of the SEND reforms, this year we will evaluate and further develop the toolkit to ensure it continues to be a useful resource for those working with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. 

We are looking for practitioners to give us feedback about the existing toolkit to help us to develop and shape our plans. We will also be looking for practitioners to test any new materials that we create later in the year.

If you have used the toolkit over the last year, or would be interested in reviewing the toolkit over the next few weeks, we want to hear from you!

Get in touch with Kelly to find out more and express your interest -