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Children: Speech Therapy

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the merits of integrating the Communication Trust’s Speech, Language and Communication Framework into the Children’s Workforce Development Council’s Integrated Qualifications Framework. (169781)

The Department has not made an assessment. It is for those awarding bodies developing qualifications for inclusion on the Integrated Qualifications Framework (IQF), in conjunction with sector bodies, such as the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), to determine what skills and knowledge is covered by qualifications. The Integrated Qualifications Framework (IQF) is currently in its testing phase and will not be fully operational until 2010.

CWDC and the Children’s Workforce Network are working together to consider how best to meet the needs of children and young people with a range of disabilities, including speech, language and communication.