Support for Children and Young People with Autism in Stockport: Parent/Carer Consultation.

The SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) Joint Commissioning work stream is conducting a review of the support for children and young people with autism.

The SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) Joint Commissioning work stream is conducting a review of the support for children and young people with autism – up to the age of 25.

In September 2018, a Local Area Inspection was undertaken by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspection was to determine the local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Whilst a number of strengths were found, inspectors identified areas requiring significant improvement. Stockport Council and The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have developed a Written Statement of Action on how to address the weaknesses that were found.

The first priority is developing “an effective approach to jointly plan and commission the services that meet the needs of those that have SEND”. A key action being taken to achieve this relates specifically to children and young people with autism: “to conduct a detailed review of the diagnostic pathway and services available to support Children and Young People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”.

A working group has been set up to undertake this review, having recently held two focus groups for parents/carers. It is recognised that some parents may not have been able to attend, therefore, a survey has been developed to capture all views on the support services that are available, in order to inform future commissioning.

Survey results will be added to the notes from the meetings and will be published on the SEND Local Offer website.

You can take part in the survey here.