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DoH announces plans to improve communication in children

9th July 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced plans to deal with communication problems that affect children’s lives.

It has pledged 12 million pounds to implement the recommendations of the recent Bercow Review, with a further 40 million to be spent on supporting speaking and listening in early years.

The recent government-commissioned review by John Bercow MP identified communication as the key life skill for every child to make friends, do well at school and be successful in later life.

It found that communication problems can lead to extreme consequences, including frustration, bullying or being bullied, reduced job prospects and a descent into a criminal life.

Recommendations of the report include the creation of a Communication Council, improved training for the workforce to help children, improved advice for parents and the setting up of pathfinder schemes.

Ed Balls, secretary of state for children, schools and families, said: “Parents know that communication is central to children’s ability to achieve, succeed and enjoy their education. That’s why we asked John Bercow to carry out this important review.”

He added it is clear local services need to improve, with the government now able to make significant improvements for children with speech, language and communication needs.

John Bercow was elected as a Conservative MP for Buckinghamshire in May 1997.

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