Review of the National Autism Strategy

Closes 16 May 2019


In April 2014 the government published ‘Think Autism’ a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England.

This year the Department of Health and Social Care, working with the Department for Education, will review the strategy and extend it to cover children as well as adults.

To help us to do this we want to hear first-hand from autistic people in England (adults, children and young people), their families and their carers about their experiences.

We are using the term ‘autism’ to refer to all categories of diagnoses on the autistic spectrum and welcome responses from people who identify with them, whether or not they have a medical diagnosis.

We also want to hear from professionals in England who provide care and support in a range of settings (for example across health, social care, education and the voluntary sector) to autistic people, their families, and carers.

Disclosure of responses and Data Protection.

The information you provide in response to this consultation is managed in accordance with the Department of Health and Social Care’s Information Charter and the Department for Education' information Charter.

Your response will be treated in confidence and not shared with any third party. The information you supply will be processed by the Autism policy teams in DHSC and the DfE in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. Any reports published using this information will be based on aggregated data only and will not contain any personal information that could identify you.

When the consultation ends, we will analyse the feedback received and publish our response to the key points and the government’s proposals on the next steps on the DHSC's website:

If you want some or all of the information you provide to be treated as confidential, it would be helpful if you could clearly identify the relevant information and explain why you consider it confidential.

Please note that DHSC or DfE may be required by law to publish or disclose information provided in response to this consultation in accordance with access to information regimes: primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. If we receive any request to disclose this information, we will take full account of your explanation, but cannot give you an absolute assurance that disclosure will not be made in any particular case. We will not regard an automatic disclaimer generated by your IT system as a relevant request for these purposes.

If, during completion of the survey you decide to withdraw your response, you will need to contact DHSC using our web contact form.

To prevent any risk of tampering with your response data, consultation responses cannot be edited or deleted once submitted. However, under the Data Protection Act 2018 (and the General Data Protection Regulation), you have certain rights to access your personal data and have it corrected or erased (in certain circumstances), and you can withdraw your consent to us processing your personal data at any time.

You have the right to lodge a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office about our practices, to do so please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House Water Lane


Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Textphone: 01625 545860

Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm

If you need any further information please contact us using our web contact form