13:33, Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Programme to help young people with autism now open for bids

Schools in our area are being invited to bid to become part of a pilot programme set to improve support for youngsters with autism.

The programme is part of a pilot in partnership with NHS England called ‘Autism in Schools’ and will include up to ten local schools.

The aim is to provide an uplift in support across the academic year, creating a more autism-friendly ethos and changing the approach to autism across the entire school system with coordinated funding, specialist practitioners and awareness raising.

Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children, education and skills at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased that we have won this bid – we’re the only local authority in the Humber Coast and Vale region to be included in this programme so it’s great news.

“Over the last few years we’ve been completely redesigning our approach to supporting children and young people with autism, so it feels right that we are now able to work with schools to make sure that they are inclusive, friendly and supportive places for young people with autism.

“This pilot is open to all local schools, but we can only include up to ten schools in the pilot, so we’re encouraging them to get in early with their bids. Once the programme is complete we will be sharing the learning with all of our local schools. 

“We’re also looking for any young people with autism, as well as any parents and carers of young people with autism, to get involved.”

To find out more, contact nelccg.fmhd@nhs.net

This article was originally published on North East Lincolnshire Council’s news page.
Programme to help young people with autism now open for bids – NELC | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk)

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