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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans Public Health England has to use its Fingertips tool to provide local areas with data on (a) the estimated incidence of speech, language and communication needs in their local population and (b) the known prevalence of speech, language and communication needs.

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

By early 2019 Public Health England (PHE) will add data about child development outcomes at two to two and a half years, including the percentage reaching expected levels of communication skills, to the child health section of Fingertips. PHE will also add data from the early years foundation stage profile about the percentage of children at five years reaching expected levels in communication and language skills to Fingertips.

PHE will include estimates of prevalence of speech, language and communication needs in children as part of a needs assessment report for each local authority and clinical commissioning group, to be published on Fingertips in early 2019.

Overarching indicators from the early years foundation stage profile on school readiness are on Fingertips and available to view at the following link:

https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/search/school%20readiness#page/0/gid/1/pat/15/par/E92000001/ati/6/are/E12000002

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