The Children & Young People Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service supports children and young people, aged 0-19 years-old, who have difficulties with speech, language, communication, stammering, social interaction skills, feeding and swallowing difficulties. 

From 1st October, CCICP will be providing Children & Young People SALT services to patients registered with a Cheshire West GP, as well as those registered with Central Cheshire and Vale Royal GPs. This is an exciting opportunity for Children & Young People SALT to provide a robust & flexible service and deliver the best possible care to our patients. 

We would be really grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to complete our short survey about your experience of the service. Just scan the QR code on your mobile device, and it will take you straight to the survey. Thank you! 



Children and young people will be offered an appointment in the most appropriate setting which meets the needs identified for the patient during the referral process. This could be:

  • Community Clinics
  • Children's Centres
  • Mainstream Schools
  • Special Schools 
  • Resource Bases
  • Patient's Homes
  • Preschool Settings

Children and young people aged 0-16 (end of Year 11) are eligible for referral if they are registered with a GP located within the catchment area of CCICP:

  • South and Vale Royal areas 
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port, and surrounding areas

Children and young people aged 16-19 with Education and Health Care Plans, in full-time education, are also eligible for referral, subject to local authority commissioning arrangements.

Young people aged over 16 with stammering concerns are eligible for referral to the Young Persons and Adults Dysfluency Service, if they are registered with a GP located within the catchment area of CCICP.

If you are considering making a referral, please look at one of the following checklists: 

We also operate an open advice line on Tuesdays, 12pm - 4.30pm

Tel: 07825 103893

Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties 

Our new online referral form is now available using the link below.

If a Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties referral is appropriate, please complete and submit this online referral form (opens in a new window) with full parental/carer consent.


Before completing a referral, please rate the below 2 questions with parent(s)/carer(s) from 1-8: With 1 being not worried at all/no difficulty to 8 being highly worried/very severe difficulties.

The ratings must be entered on the referral consent page:

  • How worried are you about your child's communication difficulty?

  • How much difficulty do you think your child is having with communication?

Supporting Information:

  • You can also email supporting information to our Therapy Booking Team, such as WellComm Score Sheets, completed ASQ, First Concerns profile/SEND Support Plan and/or other professional reports (with parental/carer consent).

  • Please ensure that the child’s/young person's full name and date of birth are on each document.

  • Email supporting information to: (for South and Vale Royal areas) or (for Chester, Ellesmere Port, and surrounding areas).

Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties 

Our new online referral form is now available, using the link below. 

If a Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties referral is appropriate, please complete and submit this online referral form (opens in a new window) with full parental/carer consent.

(The department provides a service to assess feeding and swallowing concerns but is not currently commissioned to provide intervention for behavioural difficulties with food, e.g. aversion.)

Please note:

You will need to complete and submit both forms if you wish to refer a child/young person for Speech, Language and Communication difficulties and Feeding and Swallowing difficulties.

For general enquiries please contact 01270 826312.


In the meantime, see the resources section below for tips and advice for early years and school aged children. 

Next Steps

If your child's referral has been accepted, please see the information outlining what to expect at your first appointment (opens in new window).

Commissioned time is when a setting buys in SALT time which is over the time entitled from NHS and Local Authority contracts. 

It might be direct time spent with children, group programmes for children at risk of speech and language delay, teaching, staff coaching and whole school approaches.

We work with you to create and measure Key Performance Indicators for the contract and evaluate this annually. 

You can see the Commissioning Brochure here (opens in new window).

If you want to get in touch to enquire about commissioned services please contact Mat Southall, Community Operational Manager-Paediatrics:


Cheshire East Council have now released training dates for early 2023, more information and dates can be found here. 



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