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DCSF Research Funding: Speech, Language & Communication Needs

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The Department of Children, Schools and Families currently is open for expressions of interest for their Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Cost Effectiveness Research Programme. This is under their aim to "secure the wellbeing and health of children and young people". The closing date is 7 April 2009, and we're told its "half a million pounds each year, making it to 1.5 mill, with possibility to 2 extra years". Further details:

2009030 DCSF: Speech, Language And Communication Needs (SLCN) Cost-Effectiveness Research Programme

Expected date ITT's will be issued by 13-Apr-2009

Closing date for expressions of interest: 7 April 2009

The Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health are seeking to contract an organisation to deliver a research programme to guide the development of future policy and practice in providing services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The aims of this programme are to improve the evidence base available to commissioners and policymakers in developing services for children and young people with SLCN by:

" Understanding the cost-effectiveness of different interventions used to support children and young people with SLCN and the factors that influence their efficiency

" Identifying good practice and developing recommendations that can be incorporated into guidance, future policy and commissioning frameworks to improve services for children and young people with SLCN.

The programme should encompass interventions made for all children and young people with SLCN including those with a full range of different primary and in a full range of different circumstances.

This research programme will encompass a number of projects. We expect the organisation contracted to manage the overall programme to work with others who have the relevant expertise and resources to deliver each project, recruiting new sub-contractors in the course of the programme where appropriate.

Expressions of interest should give a short indication of the way in which the contractor will approach the work (up to 750 words) and selection of those invited to tender will be on the basis of submitted expressions of interest only.

Contact details: James Vance, SEN and Disability Division, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Sanctuary Buildings - Area 1E, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT. Phone: 020 7783 8265; e-mail: james.vance@dcsf.gsi.gov.uk.

Length of contract: This contract runs for three years up to March 2012, with the possibility of extension for up to a further two years (2012-2014).

Estimated value of contract: We expect the research programme to cost up to ?500,000 each year (so up to ?1.5m over the course of this contract).

Closing date for expressions of interest: 7 April 2009

Any other useful info.: This research follows-up research commissioned as part of the Bercow Review of Services for Children and Young People (0-19) with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (see http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/slcnaction). This specification is based on the recommendations of that research report (Lindsay, G., Desforges, M., Dockrell, J., Law, J., Peacey, N. & Beecham, J. (2008). Effective and Efficient Use of Resources in Services for Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. DCSF - available at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/research/programmeofresearch/projectinformation.cfm?projectId=15350&resultspage=1). It will fulfil a commitment made in the Government's action plan to improve services for children and young people with SLCN which provided a response to the Bercow Review in December 2008 (http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/slcnaction).

DfES Objective Secure the wellbeing and health of children and young people

Key Research Priority

DfES Project Manager James Vance

Contractor

Author

We hope this bid would include expressions for British Sign Language, to balance out the intense focus on medical intervention and the speech therapy funding that's in place with this. Note, there is not a single mention of BSL in the Bercow Review, which speaks volumes! So much for BSL recognition, and basic status as a language. Welsh is included in basic speech and language provision. If equality is going to be achieved, then BSL has to be brought into mainstream tendering processes, to raise it into the conciousness of the more mainstream.

See also:
BSL Recognition: Tender Specification from the Department of Children, Schools & Families
BSL Recognition: Tender to Improve Access & Demand for BSL

Elsewhere:
DfES, Research Website: Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Cost-Effectiveness Research Programme
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Action
Department of Health: Better Communciation [PDF]

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