0-19 and Children’s Centres (Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire only)

Communication Champion: 0-19 team and Children’s Centre staff (Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire only)

Communication Champion Role:

A Communication Champion will be the link practitioner for colleagues within your team with regards to Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) as the ever-growing need of children with SLC continues.

Communication Champions in the 0-19 team and Children’s Centre also take the lead on running the ChatterTots programme.

 Skills of a Champion:

  • Be passionate about the importance of children’s communication and language and recognise how communication is a fundamental lifelong skill for learning.
  • Have attended Talk for All, two-day course or virtual course run by Bedfordshire Speech and Language Therapy Service.
  • Attend half termly supervision/study groups to keep skills up to date (Communication Champion Forums).

Role of Champion:

  • Ensure parents are aware of any local support or information, i.e., contribute to the parent information board
  • Support colleagues in their knowledge and give relevant information. Be available and willing to answer queries.
  • Have up to date knowledge of SLC. Maintain own CPD by attending half termly Communication Champion Forums, keeping up to date with new training and reading.
  • Highlight any training needs for self and/or other staff members to management.
  • Ensure a focus on communication in locality team meetings
  • Develop activities/strategies to enhance children’s Communication and Language.
  • Ensure a best practice approach with all staff in the locality in supporting children’s communication skills.
  • Ensure the family environment supports growth of children’s Communication and Language
  • Refer children to Speech and Language Therapy in a timely manner as appropriate.
  • Ensure liaison with outside agencies where appropriate, e.g., Inclusion Officers, Speech and Language Therapist, Audiology etc.

What Champions should know:

  • How many children in their locality have Speech and Language needs or are accessing advice from communication champions
  • What resources the 0-19 service or Children’s Centre has that specifically support children’s Communication and Language
  • How the needs of individual children with SLC needs are being met
  • If staff are confident in their practice around Communication and Language
  • Who to liaise with and how and where to get support.


To find out more about developing a Communication Champion in your team, the training available and dates of Communication Champion Forums, contact rachel.hadfield@nhs.net