Better Communication - Shaping SLCN


Gascoigne M.T. (ed). (2012). Better communication – shaping speech, language and communication services for children and young people. London: RCSLT.

Full Document available to download from RCSLT


This publication by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) brings together a sample of the good practice identified during the life of the Better Communication Action Plan and the National Year of Communication – the Hello campaign.

It provides models of high-quality, cost-effective services and is intended to help commissioners map the needs of their local populations and the skills in their children’s workforce, involve service users in the commissioning process and determine the outcomes they want to see from their investment.

This document illustrates how far provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) has come, and serves as a reminder that there is still much more to do.


  • Commissioning for Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Prevention through early intervention
  • Delivering cost-effective high-quality services
  • References and useful links

Although this information is believed to be accurate, you are strongly advised to make your own independent enquiries.

December 2012