Dental Services: Autism and Learning Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23 December 2022.

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Photo of Mary Foy Mary Foy Labour, City of Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the new clinical standards to improve access to dental care for children and young people with a (a) learning disability and (b) autism will be published.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

New clinical standards are due to be published in 2023/24 to support the appropriate planning and delivery of sensory checks for autistic children and young people and those with a learning disability in special residential schools.

Children and young people patient pathways and services are already detailed in the Commissioning Standard for Dental Specialties – Paediatric Dentistry which is available to commissioned National Health Service Oral Health Teams.

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