Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in Buckinghamshire

Closed 6 Jun 2022

Opened 25 Apr 2022


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We would like to hear about what speech, language and communication services or groups you access, signpost or refer children and young people in Buckinghamshire to.

What do we mean by ‘speech, language and communication needs’ (SLCN)?

The term ‘speech, language and communication needs’ (SLCN) incorporates a wide range of difficulties related to aspects of communication in children and young people.

These can include difficulties with fluency, forming sounds and words, formulating sentences, understanding what others say, or using language socially.

We are interested to hear about all levels of services and groups locally in Buckinghamshire which support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

This includes universal, targeted and specialist support:

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Universal support aims to prevent future problems with the intention of early identification of children with suspected SLCN to enable early support to be implemented; this could include light support or support groups for parents.

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Targeted support is additional support typically provided by trained practitioners or parents. Targeted support constitutes support for children identified as having language levels below age expectations, or an identified issue or problem requiring additional support.

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Specialist support usually requires specialist intervention or support from a speech and language therapist. This provision is developed for families with children where there are complex, ongoing and specific speech, language and communication needs.

We want to hear from you

We’d love to hear from those accessing support for their own child(ren) or child(ren) they care for as well as professionals supporting children, young people, and their families across Buckinghamshire.

Your feedback will help us to ensure that information about the services / groups available across Buckinghamshire is easily accessible to all and help increase awareness of what is available.

The survey should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Please consider all of the groups that you are aware of from people, services, or organisations when responding to the survey. This may include libraries, church groups, parent and baby groups, schools or private providers (this list is not exhaustive).

Your feedback is valued and needed.

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

If you have any questions about this activity, please email us at: preventioncommissioning@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Please tell us your views by midnight on Monday 6 June 2022.

What happens next

We will review the feedback received from this survey

Your feedback will be used to help us better understand and map available speech, language, and communication services / groups in Buckinghamshire and shape how this information is communicated.


We will use the information you provide here only for this activity. We will store the information securely in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal details. For more information about data and privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.

If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.


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