We are determined that this country should do better in providing help for every child or young person with SLCN because it is right in itself to help people in need who will otherwise be vulnerable, marginalised and at risk of exclusion from the opportunities which society can offer them. We are also determined that this country should do better by such people because it is in the national interest to do so. Improving educational outcomes, promoting public health, tackling anti-social behaviour, reducing the numbers of young people who go through the revolving doors of the criminal justice system, bolstering the skills of the workforce, drawing on the talents and energies of all of our citizens and increasing the competitiveness of the country in the global market place are all vital objectives and speech, language and communication services must play their part in helping to deliver those objectives.From the Bercow Report (July 2008)
It may be too much to say that if we reformed our schools, we would have no need of prisons. But if we better engaged our children and young people in education we would almost certainly have less need of prisons. Effective crime prevention has arguably more to do with education than sentencing policy.Rod Morgan, Former Chair of the UK Youth Justice Board (2007)
When I went to the young offender establishment at Polmont I was walking with the governor, who told me that if, by some mischance, he had to get rid of all his staff, the last one out of the gate would be his speech and language therapistLord Ramsbotham, Former Chief Inspector of Prisons (October 2006)
To ask an individual with already limited receptive and expressive skills to sit in front of a room full of people who will be judging his credibility by his words, demeanor, and ability to hold up under an arcane questioning form seems cruelly farcical.Prof. Michele LaVigne, University of Wisconsin Law School (August 2013)
I have to admit that in all the years I have been looking at prisons and the treatment of offenders, I have never found anything so capable of doing so much for so many people at so little cost as the work that the speech and language therapists carry out.Lord Ramsbotham, Former Chief Inspector of Prisons (October 2006)