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The Worcestershire Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Pathway has been developed to support anyone who has an interest in children's speech, language and communication development.

SLCN Pathway Principles

The Pathway aims to:

  1. support parents as well as professionals in the identification of and provision for children with SLCN
  2. promote early intervention as soon as a need is identified
  3. support inclusive practice by promoting adaptations to the learning environment to cater for the needs of children with SLCN
  4. support settings/schools in tracking progress and monitoring outcomes
  5. promote the active participation of children and their parents in the process
  6. signpost sources of further information and support to anyone involved in developing children's speech, language and communication skills
  7. provide a procedural structure for referrals and intervention at different levels to help professionals access appropriate support for different types of SLCN
  8. clarify the roles and responsibilties of all concerned in this process and to help ensure consistency of response of outside agencies
  9. promote the use of the framework for workforce competences


In 2010 Worcestershire adopted The Balanced System™ framework as it offers a practical solution to meeting the needs of children and young people with SLCN. The Balanced System's specification for effective support runs through all aspects of this Pathway.  It is based on good practice and settings and schools should be familar with much of what is suggsted. The SLCN Pathway website is updated as needed, to reflect changes in legislation and national and local initiatives.


 © Worcestershire's SLCN Pathway has been developed by practitioners working within Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust 2011 & 2015