Decision details

PCC DN - GM Youth Justice Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) pilot

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The GM Collaborative Commissioning project is working to understand and improve health support for children and young people in touch with the criminal justice system.

This programme forms part of GM’s Health and Justice Strategy, and is funded by NHS England.

The scope has been determined by local knowledge about the high correlation between children and young people in the criminal justice system, and their complex (often unmet) mental health and communcaition needs. This high level of correlation was highlighted by Professor Eddie Kane’s research for the GM Health and Justice Strategic Review in 2018.

As a result, and as part of the overall project, we are piloting the provision of additional speech and language capacity within youth justice services, recognising the high levels of young people who the services work with, with communication, speech and language needs. Year One of the pilot in 2019/2020 showed the value of additional SALT capacity, and flagged up some more detailed themes which we are continuing to explore in further years.


£27,331.00 is allocated from the portion of the Collaborative Commissioning Network budget held by GMCA. CCN is a NHS England initiative that explores how health services are delivered in justice settings.

The funding will be used to fund Invoice for 2 years funding for the NHSE Bury & Rochdale Youth Justice Services SALT post over
2021/22 and 2022/23

CCN is a NHS England national initiative to explore new ways of delivering health services in justice settings, and in GM we have focused our response on children and young people in 4 priority pathways:
• Those in contact with Liaison and Diversion Services either within police custody or a court setting;
• Those transitioning into and out of detention;
• Those transitioning into and out of secure welfare placements;
• Those presenting at Sexual Assault Referral Centres.

Publication date: 08/03/2023

Date of decision: 03/03/2023