Speech Therapy: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th April 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that every child and young person who stammers will be able to access speech and language therapy when needed; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The universal Healthy Child Programme includes a number of child development reviews at specific ages. The review at age 2 – 2½ is a crucial stage when problems such as speech and language delay or behavioural issues become visible and can be addressed by the health visitor before the child starts school.

Clinical commissioning groups and local authorities have a legal duty to make joint arrangements for assessing the needs of children likely to have special educational needs.

Since May 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have been inspecting local areas on their effectiveness in fulfilling these new duties.

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