The Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF) is a clear, comprehensive framework of the competences required by practitioners to support speech, language and communication skills in children and young people. The competences are set out across four graded stages - the first being the skills and knowledge that everyone in the children's workforce should have, and the later stage relates to specialised learning at a postgraduate level.
The SLCF is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and developed by The Communication Trust. It has been undertaken by a project team and review group of practitioners, advisors and managers, from education and speech and language therapy (SLT) backgrounds, specialising in SLCN within public, voluntary and academic organisations.
The SLCF updates the Joint Professional Development Framework by making it relevant to the wider children’s workforce as well as those involved in education; establishing a universal stage relevant for all children making reference to the IQF and complementing a range of other competence based frameworks.