Requesting Support


During the Covid pandemic the SLT team asked colleagues to pause sending in Requests for Support when it became impossible to see children safely

We are now pleased to be able to tell you that Requests for Support for children with speech, language and communication needs are being received

We ask colleagues help us to prioritise by only considering making a Request for Support where it is a clearly evidenced  priority for the child.  We also request that the reasons for this prioritisation are submitted along with the evidence of the action already taken to support their speech, language and communication needs  This will help us to make an informed judgement at Triage.

Requests for Support will be accepted from:

  • 0-19 Team, Early Help Practitioners and EY setting SENCos where practitioners have met the family / child, have documented concerns prior to Covid shutdown and have provided initial advice/support. This should be clear in the information submitted.  If the Request for Support is based on reported information rather than observations, the service will signpost to the website / helpline in the first instance.
  • Referrals from Paediatricians
  • Requests for Support from schools will be discussed at the Autumn term link meetings.
  • GP
  • Referrals will be accepted for stammerers and voice problems

We now provide advice and support for families and professionals in a wider range of ways.

Please contact the service via the Helpline (0161 206 2509),or website (  for  information and support or if you have any queries. You could also contact us directly via the Speak Up Salford e-mail at

We are working with partners to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of children and young people in the safest way possible .

Thank you for your patience - you can access the request for support forms below.

Request for support for children not yet in school - PDF

Request for Support for children not yet in school - Word

Request for support for children in school  - PDF

Request for Support for children in school - Word


Follow the link below to view how a child's speech and language skills typically develops. Doing this before contacting our helpline may help us understand what areas you are concerned about.



Feeding and Swallowing

Many Speech and Language Therapists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat children's feeding and swallowing difficulties, as well as their communication skills.


If you are concerned about a child’s feeding or swallowing please contact our helpline on 016 206 2509 to talk to one of our specialists. They will advise you on what to do next and how to 'Request Support'.


Support for Early Years setting

Click here if you would like more information about how our team of Communication Development Workers can support your setting.



Need help filling in your request for support form?

Click below for our helpful ‘crib sheets’ for primary school and high school.

Request for support ‘crib sheet’- Primary school pdf.

Request for support ‘crib sheet’- High school pdf.