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Children: Autism

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the costs incurred in ensuring the needs of children with autism are taken into account in the preparation of a children and young people's plan; and by what methodology he plans such needs to be taken into account. (270361)

The Children and Young People Plan (CYPP) is a local plan which should meet the specific, assessed, needs of all children and young people in the area including children with autism. Children's planning stems from the principle that every child matters and only by developing services to address the particular needs of all children and young people as individuals will services for vulnerable children improve. The needs assessment is an essential part of good planning by the Children's Trust and we have not made an assessment of the costs involved for different groups of children.

The needs assessment for the CYPP should result in a comprehensive profile of all children, young people and families in the area. It will be undertaken in partnership with all those involved in the planning process including the third sector, draw on analysis carried out by partners, in particular the statutory Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and in direct consultation with children and young people. Data should be analysed on a number of different levels—regional, community, and neighbourhood and at the level of a single agency or service.

Data should include published or unpublished research papers, major surveys such as epidemiological surveys, participation data and as appropriate, draw on aggregated and anonymised data collected through one-to-one interviews, focus groups and individual assessments.

Subject to Parliamentary approval of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, we are planning to fully consult, in the autumn, with stakeholders and partners on further guidance on Children's Trust Boards and the development of the CYPP, including the needs assessment.