NICE release new draft guidance on autism

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Draft guidance which aims to raise standards in services for children and young people with autism has been released by th eNational Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The guidance calls for the NHS to improve diagnosis for children with autism, and for healthcare professionals in the NHS to work more closely with each other, with schools, with social care, and with the voluntary sector.

Welcoming the draft guidance, Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of the autism education charity TreeHouse, said that families of those with autism can “face a long, hard journey when seeking a diagnosis of autism – and then trying to access the support they need.” She added that the focus of the guidance on improving joint working “will make the world of difference to families who currently struggle to navigate their way through the maze of services.”

To download the draft guidance, click here

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