Autism: Children

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP, East Londonderry

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to families with children with autism.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Care Bill has simplified the process for adult carers in England to access an assessment of need for social care, based on the appearance of a need for support.

The Children and Families Act has introduced new arrangements for supporting young people with a special educational need, and their families. A single assessment involving professionals and commissioners, and the child’s family, will identify the care needs for the child or young person (from ages 0 to 25) to inform an individual Education, Health and Care Plan focusing on outcomes and the integrated services to deliver them.

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