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Communication Needs of Looked after Children in Hearings: Decision Makers’ Perspectives

21st February 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Looked-after children are at heightened risk of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Long term outcomes can be poor as they enter young adulthood, particularly in educational attainment, mental health, and experience of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. In Scotland, the institutional body with primary responsibility to address these needs is Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS). The focal means of decision-making is the Hearing. Despite known risk of SLCN, previous FOI requests showed very few referrals from the Hearings to SLT services, perhaps partly for the positive reason that children are already known to SLT services. Given the complex nature of decision-making, and its reliance on oral discussion, we were interested in the views of decision makers on the possible SLCN of children as well as views on support for and barriers to communication in Hearings.

Presenters: Dr Ann Clark and Dermot Fitzsimons, Queen Margaret University


University of Edinburgh


G.8 Gaddum Lecture Theatre
, 1 George Square (Neuroscience), University of Edinburgh.
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