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The Balanced System® Framework and Tools are available under licence for use by commissioners, providers, schools and settings.

Better Communication CIC, the not for profit community interest company that provides the Balanced System® is working towards making the tools more freely accessible.  

Meanwhile a number of downloads are freely available both on this area of the Balanced System® website and also on the Better Communication CIC website at

Overview of the Balanced System® - this provides an outline of the model and its origination based on Marie Gascoigne's work with over 30 Local Authority and CCG areas since 2007.  It is due for an update in 2019 so do come back to check for a new version later in the year.

The system includes some high level self assessment tools, outcomes based on the Five Strands and a range of outcome measures linked to these.  We are please to be able to provide free access to the Balanced System® Baseline Evaluation and Balanced System® Detailed Evaluation tools which form the initial stages of the Balanced System® improvement cycle.  These can be accessed here

An early version of the whole system audit from 2013 can be downloaded here 

The original presentation to NAPLIC 2008 can be downloaded here

The Balanced System® High Level Outcomes summary can be downloaded here

A blank scoping document is available to download here

Achieving Balanced System® Outcomes for children and young people in a changing context

Slides from the first of a series of online workshops to support colleagues in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Download here

Balanced System Pathway for SLCN - demo and launch animation

The following powerpoint presentations provide examples of the framework and tools in practice

RCSLT conference 2017

RCOT conference 2018

Gascoigne(2018) The Balanced System® for Allied Health Professional Working in Scotland: a pilot project to explore the impact of understanding need and mapping provision 

RCSLT conference 2019

LinkLive Conference, 2021 Supporting children and young people with SLCN in schools: taking a whole system approach

The Balanced System® is also adapted to provide an accredited programme of school and setting improvement.  There are over 100 schools and settings across the UK either accredited or on the programme which began in 2015. Summary case studies can be downloaded here and more information about the Balanced System® Scheme for Schools and Settings can be found here