So many children and adults with autism are in need of services – as are their families and carers. But people affected by autism often find that they can't get local support that meets their needs.
In this section, you’ll find guidance for local authority staff who assess or support people with autism, and those who plan and commission services.
Care and support services
- Care and support services for adults: information for local authorities
This information has been written to assist in the implementation of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. The contents are, however, applicable to all services provided for people with autism.
- Person-centred planning
Person-centred plans take into account what people want from their lives, and change as their lives change.
- Guidelines for inspectors of social care services
Commissioned by the National Care Standards Commission (now the Care Quality Commission), this document gives an indication of the knowledge service inspectors need about autism.
- Social care: assessments of need for adults with autism
The NAS, in partnership with the British Association of Social Workers, has put together a step-by-step guide to help social care staff prepare for and deliver assessments for adults with autism.
- Good practice in supporting adults with autism
Guidance for commissioners and statutory services, published by the Government Office of the South West and NHS South West.
- Supporting adults with autism: a good practice guide for NHS and local authorities
A good practice guide for NHS and local authorities, produced by the NAS in response to demand following our I Exist campaign.
- Islington multi-agency integrated pathway for children and young people with ASD
A report on a project in Islington to develop and pilot a multi-agency pathway for children and young people who are thought to have autism.
- Ageing with autism: a handbook for care and support professionals
An in-depth guide for professionals who work with older people with autism every day. It looks at a number of issues that older people are likely to face, including physical or mental health problems, change, transition and bereavement. It suggests ways in which these issues might be managed, with a focus on the older person's quality of life.
Helpline email service
Please use this form for any autism-related enquiries such as help or advice for a client you are working with.
Websites of interest