The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service aims to provide evidence based services that anticipate and respond to the needs of children and young people who experience speech, language and communication difficulties.

Speech and Language Therapy works in partnership with individuals and their families and with other professions and agencies to reduce the impact of these often hidden and isolating difficulties on people's wellbeing and their ability to participate in daily life.

Through cooperative working with children/young people and those around them, the Speech and Language Therapy Service will provide assessment, diagnosis, therapy, practical advice and equipment to support children in developing and achieving academically, socially and emotionally to reach their full potential.

In order to facilitate a seamless service speech and language therapy staff work with partners from a number of organisations including education, social services and the private and voluntary sector.

Children may be supported through a specific, evidence based care pathway according to the outcome of the diagnostic assessment.

Episodes of speech and language therapy intervention may include any of the following direct and/or indirect interventions:

  • Advice (face to face, telephone or written) - both preventative or therapeutic
  • Direct intervention with the individual - either one to one or in a group
  • Training others to carry out interventions with the individuals
  • Training others in order to improve the communication or feeding environment
  • Referral on post discharge e.g. for long term support from the voluntary sector.

The aims of advice or interventions will be to:

  • Enable clients to achieve and maintain their communication potential (and eat and drink safely, where there is a need to do so)
  • Maximise the child’s/young person’s functional communication ability within their environment where further development or rehabilitation is not possible
  • Empower children/young people, parents and carers by enabling them to understand the communication or eating and swallowing difficulty and how they can manage this
  • Facilitate access to education, leisure and if appropriate, employment thus reducing social isolation
  • Promote wider awareness and understanding of communication, eating and swallowing difficulties and empowering others in how to prevent and/or support these.

Criteria for Referral

There is open access to the service, and anyone can request involvement, including you or your carer. Written, verbal and electronic requests are accepted. The service is provided free of charge. Each request will be reviewed by a therapist to consider if the service can help. If we are unable to help the person who made the referral will be informed of this. 

Sources of Referral

Other professionals may refer the child or young person to the service, e.g. Health Visitors, Learning Disability Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Children's Services, Hospital staff, GPs, Community Paediatricians.

Referrals are accepted via:

Referral and Assessment Centre
Room FD GF 34
Daisyfield Mill
Appleby Street
Blackburn
BB1 3BL

Telephone: 01254 612600
Email: C&F.ReferralCentre@lscft.nhs.uk

Download our Referral Form

There are now a number of ways you may have your child's first appointment with our team. When you ring in for an appointment these options will be discussed and you will be given the support you need to access this appointment. 

The first appointment may be over the phone, via a video system called 'attend anywhere' or at one of our clinics face to face with a therapist.

At all first appointments the therapist will talk to you and ask questions about your child and your concerns. If the appointment is via video or face to face they will talk to your child and depending on their age may watch them playing or show them pictures. They may also carry out specific assessments of your child’s speech and language skills. They will explain the results of these to you and discuss what help your child might need.

On some occasions the therapist may also ask that you send videos in of your child so that they can get a better understanding of your child's needs. The therapist will provide you with a number to send this to and explain this process.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language and you think you may not be able to communicate well with our staff please let us know this on the request for involvement as a professional interpreter can be booked for appointments.

Where is the Service Provided?

  • Broadoaks Child Development Centre, Balcarres Road, Leyland, PR25 3ED Broadoaks
  • Leyland Clinic, Yewlands Drive, Leyland, PR25 2TN
  • Chorley Health Centre, Collison Avenue, Chorley, PR7 2TH
  • Bamber Bridge Clinic, School Lane, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6QE

  • Geoffrey Street Clinic, Geoffrey Street, Preston, PR1 5NE
  • Longridge Community Hospital, Wilfred's Terrace Longridge, PR3 3WQ
  • Ingol Health Centre, Village Green Lane, Ingol, Preston
  • Ashton Health Centre, 67-69 Pedders Lane, Ashton, Preston PR2 1HR

  • Hants Lane Clinic, Hants Lane, Ormskirk, L39 1PX
  • Birleywood Health Centre, Birleywood, Digmoor, Skelmersdale, WN8 6BW
  • Burscough Health Centre, Stanley Court, Lord Street, Burscough, L40 4LA
  • Child Development Centre, Ormskirk & District General Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2JW

  • Acorn Primary Health Care Centre, 421 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 1RT
  • Great Harwood Health Centre, Water Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7QR
  • Waterfoot Health Centre, Cowpe Road, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 7DN
  • Rossendale Primary Care Centre, Bacup Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, BB4 7PL
  • Haslingden Health Centre, Manchester Road, Haslingden, Rossendale, BB4 5SL
  • Bacup Primary Health Care Centre, Irwell Mill, Rochdale Road, Bacup, Rossendale, OL13 9NR

  • St Peter's Centre, Church Street, Burnley, BB11 2DL
  • Yarnspinners Primary Health Care Centre, Carr Road, Nelson, BB9 7SR

  • Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, Simmons Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AX
  • Darwen Health Centre, James Street West, Darwen, BB3 2PY
  • Shadsworth Children's Centre, Shadsworth Road, Blackburn, BB1 2HR
  • Roman Road Health Centre, Fishmoor Drive, Blackburn, BB2 3UY

Do you need to purchase additional therapy services?

We offer a range of additional services which can be tailored to meet the needs of individual organisations. If you would be interested in buying additional Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy services for the children you support we would be more than happy to discuss your individual needs and to advise on a bespoke package to meet your needs. You can be assured of our high quality and competitive prices.

To discuss your individual requirements please contact us on:

Telephone: 01254 283139
Email: citns@lscft.nhs.uk