Autism

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years, they plan to extend the duty for the National Health Service, local authorities and education providers to hold joint registers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

There is no duty on the National Health Service, local authorities and education providers to hold joint registers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Following consultation by the Department of Health as part of a review of social care data, local authorities now return data on adults’ primary need for social care support and any health conditions a person may have, including autism. Local authorities are required to keep a register of disabled children under Schedule 2 of the Children Act 1989 and the School Census collects data on children’s type of special educational need, including ASD, which is published annually by the Department, by local authority area. ‘The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 – 25 years’ advises local authorities and health commissioning bodies to use available data such as these when carrying out their duty under the Children and Families Act 2014 to commission jointly services for children with special educational needs and those with disabilities, including children with ASDs.

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Sue Pryce-Jones
Posted on 14 Oct 2014 5:50 pm (Report this annotation)

This sounds like a great way to lose vulnerable children and adults in the system. Passing the buck as usual.