What is SLCN?

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is the term given to describe the extensive range of needs related to all aspects of communication – from understanding others to forming sounds, words and sentences to expressing ideas and emotions and using language socially.  

It is estimated that 10% of all children have long term or persistent speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) - the most prevalent special educational need identified by primary schools.  In Worcestershire this figure is equivalent to 12,000 children and young people aged 0-19 years, with over 6,000 children and young people known to the Speech and Language Therapy Service. Some schools in deprived areas of Worcestershire have identified 50% of all 5 year olds entering school with delayed receptive language skills.

Download the Worcestershire SLCN Pathway Fact Sheets [PDF] using the links below

2.1 What is SLCN [pdf]

What is SLCN

2.2 What is the impact of SLCN [pdf]

What is the impact of SLCN

2.3 SLCN and SEN [pdf]


Useful links

The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. The Trust raises awarenesss of SLCN, promotes best practice amongst the children’s workforce and provides an extensive range of information about SLCN. 

The SEND Gateway is an online portal offering professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with SEND.