This section is designed to help CAMHS providers ensure that their buildings and services are fully accessible to children and young people with autism. It outlines, with examples of best practice, a range of reasonable adjustments which should be made and resources which should be provided in support of this aim.
For young people with autism and their families this section may be helpful in setting out some of the adjustments and resources they can expect or could request from their CAMHS provider.
This section is primarily intended to be of use to commissioners, although it may also provide helpful insights for CAMHS providers. It sets out best practice examples of care pathways which support the planning and provision of integrated and effective care for young people with autism and mental health issues.
This report summarises the findings of a comprehensive review of Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Local Transformation Plans and an analysis of the extent to which they specifically address the needs of autistic children and young people. It is designed to help commissioners ensure that their local CAMHS are fit-for-purpose with regards to the treatment and care of all young people.
This section is primarily intended for CAMHS commissioners and provides links to 110 Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Local Transformation Plans for reference. Examples of good practice in relation to different aspects of catering to the needs of children and young people with autism are highlighted at the bottom of the page.
This section is primarily intended for CAMHS providers and sets out examples of enacting this toolkit’s recommendations for ensuring that websites are fully-accessible to children and young people with autism. A well-planned website can help to significantly reduce stress and anxiety for young people and their families prior to a first visit to CAMHS.
Families and young people may find it helpful to see what kind of resources and adjustments they should expect and can request from CAMHS providers.