Development of the Autism (Wales) Bill

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Title
Development of the Autism (Wales) Bill
Synopsis

Purpose

The purpose of the Bill would be to make provision for meeting the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions in Wales. The Bill would also give autism its own statutory identity.

In particular, I intend that the Autism (Wales) Bill would seek to:

Require the Welsh Government to publish a strategy for meeting the needs of children and adults in Wales with autism spectrum conditions;

Require the Welsh Government to issue statutory guidance to underpin the strategy;

Ensure a clear and consistent pathway to diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions in every local area across Wales;

Ensure that local authorities and health boards understand and take necessary action so that children and adults with autism spectrum conditions get the timely support they need (this might include, for example, putting duties on local authorities and health boards about the organisation of support for people with autism and their families, in their local areas);

Establish practices, including the possible creation of a register, to enable the collection of reliable and relevant data on the numbers and needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions so that responsible local bodies can plan accordingly;

Require key staff working with people with autism spectrum conditions to undertake autism training;

Ensure that local authorities and health boards publish information on the services they provide for people with autism spectrum conditions in their areas;

Regularly review the strategy and statutory guidance to ensure progress;

Raise public understanding of the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions; and

Ensure that autistic adults and parents/carers of autistic children are involved in the development and reviews of the autism strategy and statutory guidance

Purpose

The purpose of the Bill would be to make provision for meeting the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions in Wales. The Bill would also give autism its own statutory identity.

In particular, I intend that the Autism (Wales) Bill would seek to:

Require the Welsh Government to publish a strategy for meeting the needs of children and adults in Wales with autism spectrum conditions;

Require the Welsh Government to issue statutory guidance to underpin the strategy;

Ensure a clear and consistent pathway to diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions in every local area across Wales;

Ensure that local authorities and health boards understand and take necessary action so that children and adults with autism spectrum conditions get the timely support they need (this might include, for example, putting duties on local authorities and health boards about the organisation of support for people with autism and their families, in their local areas);

Establish practices, including the possible creation of a register, to enable the collection of reliable and relevant data on the numbers and needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions so that responsible local bodies can plan accordingly;

Require key staff working with people with autism spectrum conditions to undertake autism training;

Ensure that local authorities and health boards publish information on the services they provide for people with autism spectrum conditions in their areas;

Regularly review the strategy and statutory guidance to ensure progress;

Raise public understanding of the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum conditions; and

Ensure that autistic adults and parents/carers of autistic children are involved in the development and reviews of the autism strategy and statutory guidance

The response to this consultation is currently under preparation. Please contact the Consultation Response Team ([email protected]) if you have any related queries.

Consultation Documents
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Consultation Body
National Assembly for Wales
Regions
  • Wales
Status
Active
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