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1 The Context Val Shanks-Pepper Lead Commissioner, SEN/Disability

2 SLCN missing link in social exclusion chain Child and adolescent mental health, Teenage pregnancy, NEET, Behavioural difficulties and Low levels of achievement.

3 3 Issues of Concern Nationally the growing recognition of the scale of childrens poor communication, the increased awareness of the need for early intervention and the importance of skills development for the entire childrens workforce.

4 There is a cost the cost of poor communication skills –to the individual child and –to Liverpool as a city

5 What will make the difference Key factors in the successful development of childrens communication skills are: skilled and confident parents, focused early intervention programmes, integrated approaches and a developed childrens workforce

6 THE SLCN Need in Liverpool 10% of all children long-term persistent SLC N, > 50% of children on school entry - transient difficulties / delayed language with the right support, are likely to catch up SLCN is central to and common across most areas of disability /SEN

7 SLCN are risk factors in Social Exclusion Communication and health Poor communication is a risk factor for mental health difficulties and problem behaviour. Children with delayed language are less likely to talk about their thoughts and feelings than their peers.

8 SLCN are risk factors in Social Exclusion Large numbers of children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties have undetected communication problems. Children with undetected SLCN are at greater risk of exclusion from school

9 The problem is beyond SEN Prevalence indicates SLCN is public health issue It should be everybody's business The challenge is so great we need to eat the elephant in chunks The concern is raised in this city – Scrutiny Panel

10 10,000 SLCN Disability/2,000 SALT caseload Fluctuating population up and down 50,000-80,000 SLCN Vulnerable

11 The Challenge for Us To be more effective and efficient in impacting on outcomes for the great mass of children Childrens SALT service have adopted Care Aims Now – we propose Care Aims as the common methodology for us all

12 Why We need a common framework with a common language to get a better fit on how specialist services impact on the full range of child need NOT just the referrals that get through the system to them! We MUST move away from condition focus instead to ask what is the impact the condition will have on the childs life

13 WHY? To do this properly we need whole system engagement We have approx 30 SALT in this city- not able to address the breadth and depth of the problem Question: –How many teachers? –How many health visitors? –How many social workers –How many youth workers

14 What is the Care Aims Model? A standardised way of capturing and communicating professional reasoning A clear and comprehensive way of demonstrating professional effectiveness An systematic way of supporting and demonstrating professional reflection

15 What is the Care Aims Model Helps to refocus resources where they can make the most difference by being outcomes driven and not demand led A sound framework for managing caseloads and workloads A framework to support service design, planning and evaluation

16 Pulling down of Level 3 Level 1 – Schools/GPs Level 2 Level 3

17 Our Vision Mobilisation of the workforce to work more effectively together to get better outcomes for children with SLCN


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