Department of Health and Social Care policy paper: Think Autism Strategy – Governance Refresh 2018

The Autism Act (2009) places a duty on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to publish a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England, and to review it from time to time.

In August 2018, the Think Autism Strategy (pdf) itself has not changed, but the implementation activities required to deliver its intended outcomes, and who will do what, have been clarified.

A revised governance model to oversee implementation of the Strategy has been established, which centres on 19 overarching strategic objectives.

These 19 objectives are:

  • Measuring, understanding and reporting needs of autistic people
  • Workforce development
  • Health, care and wellbeing
  • Specific support
  • Participation in local community

There will be five Task and Finish Groups (TFG), one for each domain, which will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of the relevant objectives, and tracking progress of the associated actions.

Find out more about the revised strategy (pdf).


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