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Better Communication CIC is all about supporting change.

You will find links to websites and downloads of useful information for commissioners, providers and parents, however, Better Communication CIC does not take responsibility for the content of external sites.


Equity for All: Children's Speech and Language Therapy Services in Scotland

Equity for All: Children's Speech and Language Therapy Services in Scotland is a thematic report published in 2022 drawing on a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis of the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people in Scotland and the speech and language therapy provision to meet need.  The report summarises data collected and analysed within the Balanced System® Framework in an iterative process engaging with all 14 Health Board areas in Scotland.  

Change was affected in a number of Health Board areas during the process of supporting services to better understand the needs of their population and systems to maximise impact.  The report recommendations informed the newly established Interim Speech and Language Communication Response Group, a short life working group within the Directorate for Children and Families at Scottish Government.

The report was authored by Better Communication CIC Director, Marie Gascoigne with support by Claire Welburn, Data Analyst, and Victoria Riley-Hill, Senior Associate, to capture data from services.


Bercow Ten Years On Review

Marie was invited to present an overview of the commissioning of SLCN in the ten years since the original Bercow Review.

The full report, evidence and links to supporting change including our own guidance for commissioners is available at


Talking About a Generation

Report written by Marie Gascoigne and Jean Gross for The Communication Trust.


Commissioning guidance using the evidence of the Better Communication Research Programme

This guidance was commissioned by the Communication Trust on behalf of DfE


Implementing the SEND reforms: Joint Commissioning for Children and Young People with SLCN

Marie was commissioned to author this report on behalf of the Communication Council. It summarises a Communication Council Summit about the joint commissioning of support for SLCN within the context of the 2014 SEND reforms


Better Communication: Shaping speech, language and communication services for children and young people (Gascoigne, M.T., 2012, (ed.))

This publication summarises the content of a series of three conferences held in 2011 bringing together examples of commissioning, prevention and intervention as the National Year for Communication and the Hello campaign drew to a close.

The conferences were jointly hosted by Jean Gross, CBE., Communication Champion and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


Implementing the SEND reforms: Joint commissioning for children and young people with SLCN (Gascoigne, M.T., 2014)

Free resource to support commissioning of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

The Communication Trust, as secretariat to The Communication Council and in partnership with Better Communication CIC, has published a free online report on joint commissioning for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The report aims to provide readers with practical information regarding commissioning for SLCN services within the context of implementing the SEND reforms.


North West Network meeting 

Presentation slides from North West Network Meeting 19th June 2015 

1. Impact for SLCN of the SEND Code of Practice 0-25

2. Balanced System Scheme for Schools


Gascoigne M.T. (2006) Supporting children with speech, language and communication needs within integrated children's services