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Referral and Access to the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

The Leeds CSLT Service operates an open referral system. In order to be seen by a Leeds speech and language therapist, clients need to have either a Leeds postcode, Leeds GP or pay their council tax to Leeds City Council.

Clients can access the SLT service in the following ways:

  • by themselves directly
  • by their parents/carers
  • by their GP or other health professional such as health visitor, school nurse or a consultant
  • by their setting

Please consult the Leeds Speech and Language Therapy Service Guidelines for Referral for Children Aged 0-19 years to ensure that your referral is appropriate.  The guidelines can be located here. [October 2018: Due to a technical issue the hyperlinks on the referral guidelines document will not currently open successfully. Please copy and paste the title of the individual advice sheet into the Search box on the LCH CSLT website and typically the advice sheet is listed in the search results.]

When making a referral to the service the process is as follows:

Parents/Carers - If you wish to make a referral or a re-referral into the service you can do so using our referral form and return it as per the details provided at the end of the form.  You can access the form here.

Professionals - If you wish to make a referral or a re-referral you can do so using our referral form and return it as per the details provided at the end of the form.  You can access the form here.

The Leeds Stammering Support Service (SSS) provide a service to children and adults who stammer. If you would like to make a fluency/stammering referral see the Stammering Support Service page for further information which includes the referral criteria on the referral form.

The Communication Aids Service (CAS) also provide a service to adults.  Professionals are able to refer to the service - please check the Criteria Matrix and Pathway Thresholds before referring to service using the attached referral form.

Professionals - for DAHIT - access the form here.

If the child or young person has a feeding / swallowing difficulty, the referral needs to be made from a GP or Consultant or a professional with consent from a GP or Consultant.  If you would like to make a referral for feeding/swallowing see the Feeding Difficulties (Dysphagia) page.

Follow-up / CSLT Interventions

The CSLT Service aims to provide the best possible care with the resources available.  Click on this link to learn more about the CSLT pathways. 

To see examples of children who might fit each of the pathways and the interventions they would receive click on the link below the children's faces:

 Louise, age 3

Universal (Louise, age 3)    


Matthew, age 6

Specific (Matthew, age 6)


Li, age 8

Specific Plus (Li, age 8)

Amy, age 9

Associated (Amy, age 9)

Filip, age 7

 Associated Plus (Filip, age 7)


Where are services provided?

Children’s SLT is provided city-wide across a range of settings. Children and young people are offered appointments at the setting most suitable for them and their needs and made as accessible as possible. The service works closely with other professionals and supports children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Pre-school children will be offered an appointment in a local clinic or health centre. 

School age children will be offered an appointment in school.  Some specialist SLT teams may visit the family at home or education setting.

SLT services are available in:

Health Centres

Armley Moor, Beeston Hill, Chapeltown, Halton, Kippax, Meanwood, Middleton, Morley, Pudsey, Reginald Centre, Wetherby and Yeadon.

Education Settings

The CSLT service sees children in educational settings including mainstream schools, specialist inclusive learning centres (SILCs) and Resourced schools for hearing impairment and specific language impairment.

Child Development Centres (CDC)

Children who are pre-school may be referred to a child development centre if they have more complex needs and would benefit from being seen by a team of people.  The team usually includes a paediatrician, SLT, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, specialist health visitor and play therapist. The teams are based at St George's Centre, Wortley Beck Health Centre and The Reginald Centre. Referral to the CDC is via your GP, community paediatrician, hospital consultant or SLT. 

Communication via Email

Using email is not a secure means of communication. If you require a secure means of communication please write or arrange an appointment. If you chose email as your preferred means of communication Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust will accept no liability for any interception of your emails.

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.