Speech, Language and Communication Alliance

Working together to support children with speech and language challenges. Supported by Pears Foundation

The Speech, Language and Communication Alliance has been formed to ensure that the UK Government, and national and local policymakers are focused on the issue of speech, language and communication, and the potential impact of these on all children and young people when developing or reviewing policy, legislation and services.  

Working as an alliance, we aim to have significant impact on important policy issues for children and young people with speech and language challenges. We work with all stakeholders and decision makers, speaking with one sector voice, to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.  

As an Alliance we are committed to sharing good practice in supporting children’s speech, language and communication skills and in working with children with speech and language challenges and their families.   

Speech and Language UK  provide support for the Alliance with the aim of seeking direct dialogue with members about policy positions and focus, as well as to drive timely, effective lobbying and influencing work around key policy issues. We will also seek opportunities to work in partnership with members on media opportunities, as appropriate. 


Supported by

The 36 organisations that are part of The Communication Consortium are as follows:

1Voice Community Together
Ace Centre
Auditory Verbal UK
Autism Early Support (Formally Puzzle Centre)
Better Communication CIC
British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)
NCFE International / Cache
Charlton Park Academy and CENMAC
Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA)
Commtap CIC
Communication Matters
Cued Speech
English Speaking Board
English Speaking Union
The Makaton Charity
National Literacy Trust
The PACE Centre
The Signalong Group
SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information & Research Association)
Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN)
Speech Bubbles
St Catherine’s
The Symbol Trust
Talking Mats
The Children’s Trust
The Elizabeth Foundation
Voice 21