Worcestershire Autism Partnership Board
Worcestershire Autism Partnership Board was set up to inform and shape a local autism strategy and action plan for Worcestershire, monitor and review it’s progress and adherence with the Autism Act 2009.
The Autism Act 2009 sets out the requirement for central Government to introduce and keep under review an Autism Strategy and accompanying Statutory Guidance. It places a duty on Local Authorities and NHS organisations to act under the guidance and implement the strategy locally.
Worcestershire has an active multi-agency Autism Partnership Board with membership made up of partners from across Worcestershire, including autistic people, family carers, providers of services and professionals.
The initial National Autism Strategy was published in 2010, refreshed in 2014 and a new National Autism Strategy 2021-2026 now incorporates both children and adults into the National Strategy ambitions.
The areas of focus include:
- improving understanding and acceptance of autism within society;
- improving autistic children and young people’s access into education, and support positive transitions into childhood;
- supporting more autistic people into employment;
- tackling health and care inequalities for autistic people; and,
- building the right support in the community.
- improving support in criminal and youth justice systems
For more information please visit: National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Worcestershire’s most recent Worcestershire All-age Autism Strategy (PDF) runs from 2019-22 and now needs to be updated in line with the new national priorities listed above.
Worcestershire Autism Partnership Board and relevant sub-groups will focus on these 6 priorities areas in the development of a new local autism strategy for Worcestershire.
If you would like to get involved in the work of the Worcestershire Autism Partnership Board and/or it’s subgroups please contact: AutismGroups@worcestershire.gov.uk
The Board meets bi-monthly, and this webpage is where you can find minutes from each meeting, as well as other useful information relating to Autism in Worcestershire.