Speech and Language Disorders: Children and Young People:Written question - 63908

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Asked by Nick Smith
(Blaenau Gwent)
Asked on: 09 February 2017
Department for Education
Speech and Language Disorders: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' report, entitled The SEND reforms in England: supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
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Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 20 February 2017

I welcome RCSLT’s report. It is encouraging that the majority of speech and language therapists, feel that parents and carers have been effectively involved in the decision making process and that they feel confident delivering the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms effectively.

However, we know there is still work to do, which is why we have invested £1.7 million in supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs since 2014, and we are currently procuring a contract focusing on improving the support provided.

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