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Blackpool now offers a multi-agency and joint universal training programme for health visitors, outreach and children’s centre staff.  The training on speech, language and communication is delivered by an Educational Psychologist, a speech therapist and early language consultant.  This course covers attachment issues, when and how to share information and refer families and is now part of the health visitor induction (which ensures 100% coverage).

Each of Blackpool’s children’s centres and early years settings and childminders (50% of whom are members of practice-sharing professional networks) also all have a Communication Champion, whose role includes; receiving and disseminating information and updates from the Early Language Consultant, identifying colleagues’ training needs, maintaining parents’ information boards, undertaking additional training in order to advise colleagues and families on speech, language and communication issues.

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