Consultation on revised statutory guidance to implement the strategy for adults with autism in England

Closed 19 Dec 2014

Opened 7 Nov 2014


The Department of Health is seeking views on proposed new statutory guidance to local authorities and NHS organisations.

In line with duties under the Autism Act 2009, and following the publication on 2nd April 2014 of Think Autism the update to the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy, the Department of Health is having a public consultation on new statutory guidance to support the implementation of the updated strategy. 

The cross-Government Adult Autism strategy is an essential step towards realising the Government’s long term vision for transforming the lives and outcomes for adults with autism.   Think Autism sets out a clear programme of action to support people with autism, primarily through supporting local authorities, the NHS, other public services and their local partners with local implementation work. 

The draft statutory guidance is directed at local authorities and NHS organisations.  It updates the existing guidance in line with progress made since 2010 and makes changes in line with recent legislation such as the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.  The guidance will apply to England only.

Questions on the draft guidance raised in the consultation include staff training, identification and diagnosis of autism in adults and the planning of services, preventative support and safeguarding and employment for adults with autism.  

Responses are invited from a wide range of people and groups, including adults with autism, families and carers, health and social care bodies and professionals responsible for the planning, commissioning and provision of services for adults with autism and their families and representative local and national organisations.

The six week consultation closes on 19th December 2014 and the new guidance will be published in early 2015.

Why We Are Consulting

We want the revised draft statutory guidance to set a clear direction for how health and social care can continue to implement the autism strategy and to further improve mainstream services for people with autism to live fulfilled and rewarding lives.

We are seeking your views on the questions asked in each section of the guidance.


What Happens Next

Following the closing date of the consultation, a summary of the responses will be made available on the consultations website http:/ After the responses have been considered a final version of the statutory guidance will be published.


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