Autism: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to take steps to reduce waiting times for autism assessments for children.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Children should not have to face long waits for an autism diagnosis and we are continuing to work with our partners to help localities address long waiting times for an autism diagnosis.

We have included autism indicators in the Mental Health Services Dataset, with data beginning to be collected from 1 April 2018. The data will include waiting times for an assessment for autism to begin. The current plan is to publish the dataset after a year of data has been collected.

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