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Develop your skills & knowledge

It is important that everyone who works with children and young people have the appropriate skills and knowledge to be able to:

  • promote speech, language and communication development;
  • identify those children who are experiencing difficulties;
  • support children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The Speech, Language, and Communication Framework (SLCF) provides support to recognise and develop these skills.

The SLCF is a clear and detailed framework of the skills and knowledge in speech, language and communication which are important for everyone who works with children and young people. It is available as an interactive online tool at


Here, practitioners and managers can complete an online evaluation of their current skills and knowledge. Once completed they will have a list of competences where they are fairly confident or not confident. The website then links to training and resources that will support these competences.


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