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Award winning speech and language service is expert witness in Parliamentary inquiry

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An award winning service which is helping improve speech and language skills in young children has played an important role in a Parliamentary inquiry.

The Stoke-on-Trent City Council-led service,  Stoke Speaks Out, which did face the chop at one point, was asked to be an expert witness in a major review of the links between communication difficulties and social disadvantage.

Programme lead Janet Cooper and early years lead Gill Latos spoke at the House of Lords as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Speech and Language Difficulties, led by Lord Ramsbotham.

And Janet and Gill were invited back to the House of Lords last week to attend the launch of the paper. The event was attended by a range of eminent professionals from the field of early language and communication, and included Members of Parliament.

The document, called ‘The links between speech, language and communication needs and social disadvantage’, is available on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy website.

The paper calls for effective collaboration between services and a national framework for local education, health and social care services that cover all children with communication difficulties.


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