Children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties are at a significant disadvantage in being able to express their views and have their opinions recognised in the plans that are drawn up to help them. These plans are often about how Education and Health staff need to work together to support the child’s education and wider needs.
Our project aims to produce guidance, a resource toolkit and training package to help education and other staff work with children who have communication difficulties so that children’s voices are included in the plans that affect their wellbeing.
We will research good practice and theory to develop a training package encompassing best practice guidance, strategies and materials. The training will be trialled and evaluated within Midlothian schools and, if effective, can be made available across Lothian.