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I CAN, in partnership with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, will undertake an independent review of the state of provision for children’s speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), entitled Bercow: Ten Years On, which will be published in early 2018.

In 2018 it will be ten years since the Government published The Bercow Report: a review of services for children and young people (0-19) with speech, language and communication needs.

The last ten years have seen major changes: an overhaul of the education system, widespread reforms to the SEND system, changes to the health system and most recently a Conservative Government. We are operating in a completely different landscape – in terms of services and politically.

In the context of these changes it is imperative that we keep the issue of children’s speech, language and communication needs in the spotlight for policy-makers, commissioners, managers and practitioners.

After ten years this gives us a critical opportunity for much needed reflection on the SLCN sector, exploring the sector’s journey since the original review and recommendations. The report will provide information about the current landscape for children and young people with SLCN, making recommendations for future action to ensure their needs are a high priority for the new government.

A decision making panel will steer the report, influencing the process of consultation and the scoping of the report, as well as the dissemination of its content and recommendations.

Chaired by Jean Gross CBE, the former Government Communication Champion for Children, and including leading figures from across the fields of education, health, the voluntary sector, parenting, special education needs, children's services, academics and business.

Phase one of Bercow: Ten Years On evidence gathering will run between 16th January and 16th March 2017, aimed mainly at people who work with children with SLCN, or who have responsibility for providing services but anyone is welcome to contribute. We invite you to take part in two ways: a short online survey about on the support children with SLCN are getting, and the scale of the issue, and by submitting detailed information sharing your experiences of the reality of SLCN support and information for children, young people and their families through our inquiry.

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Watch out for phase two when we will be seeking the views of parents, carers and young people.