Scope of government’s autism strategy review widens to include children

The government has announced that from next year children will be included in its annual review of services and support for people with autism.  

The review will be published in autumn 2019, and will collect evidence to examine:

  • joining up health, care and education services to address autistic children’s needs holistically
  • developing diagnostic services to diagnose autism earlier, in line with clinical guidance
  • improving the transition between children and adult services so that no young people miss out
  • improving understanding of autism and all its profiles

CDC welcomes this move, which puts the voice of autistic children, their families and their carers into the discussion on how services can be improved. This is a key step towards ensuring that vital government support is comprehensive and improves outcomes for children and young people.

Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage emphasises the significance of this and the review’s reforms:

With the right support, young people on the autism spectrum can live happy, healthy and independent lives within their own communities, so it’s vital we have a national autism strategy that works for both children and adults”.

More can be found about the changes to the government’s annual review here.