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Today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has released the first report of its thematic review on children and young people's mental health. 

The review highlights variations in quality of services, access, how bodies work together and the quality of data. While the review focuses on mental health, not autism, it does mention the increased awareness of autism and that autistic children may need tailored mental health support.

There are no recommendations in this “Phase 1” report – it is meant to outline the issues that children and young people face in mental health. However we expect to see recommendations made in the next (“Phase 2”) report  which is due out in March 2018. We have contributed to the review and will continue to raise the important issues that autistic children face in accessing mental health services, including autism diagnosis and appropriate support for mental health problems.

Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager at The National Autistic Society said;

“The National Autistic Society welcomes the Care Quality Commission’s Phase 1 report on children and young people’s mental health services which underlines a lot of the issues which autistic children are facing on a day-to-day basis."

“Research suggests that as many as 71% of autistic children develop mental health problems and that around one in 10 children in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are on the autism spectrum, therefore this review is incredibly important in ensuring that mental health services meet the needs of autistic children and young people too." 

“We are looking forward to Phase 2 of the review and hope that the CQC’s recommendations lead to change for autistic children and young people.”

You can read the full report here

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