Background and Local Context

Bath and North East Somerset Council has an overarching SEND strategy to meet the changing needs of pupils and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


As part of this strategy, the needs of children and young people with autism and their families are a key area of focus.  In response to the analysis of the current and future need, the local authority and its partners aim to build a sustainable range of support.  The goal is to develop services so that children and young people with autism can be supported in their local communities and local educational settings.


A few facts based on Bath and North East Somerset Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Needs Assessment, Data and Performance Review (2018):


  • 6% of the SEND Support cohort in B&NES’s mainstream primary and secondary schools are classified with a primary need of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Jan, 2017) 
  • In January 2017 over a quarter (26%) of the local B&NES maintained EHCP cohort had a primary need type diagnosis of ASD 
  • Between January 2013 and January 2017 there has been a 90% increase in the number of children and young people with a Statement or EHCP maintained by B&NES who have a primary need diagnosis of ASD (the largest volume increase of all the primary need types)  
  • As at January 2017, 31% of B&NES’s Special School on-roll cohort have a primary need type of ASD (compared to 27% nationally) 
  • Locally, Children in Need (including Children on Protection Plans and Looked after Children) are much more likely to be diagnosed with ASD compared to national figures.

Why are we consulting?

Bath and North East Somerset Council has launched a consultation to inform and shape future plans and actions so that we are even better equipped to achieve good outcomes for children and young people with ASD.  We will consult with young people, parents, educational settings and services.  We will use a wide variety of consultation tools in order to reach the widest possible audience (questionnaire, focus groups and social media).


The consultation including focus groups will begin in December 2018 and end in January 2019, however we would appreciate if the ASD survey could be completed by the end of Wednesday 19th December 2018.


This is an anonymous survey and no personally identifiable information should be contained in this form. Please do not use specific identifiers such as names


By completing this questionnaire you are able to make a valuable contribution to shaping the future of support and services for children, young people with autism and their families. Thank you

If you would prefer to fill out a paper version of the survey, please contact Rebecca Claridge at or at 01225 477980.

What happens next: 

The results of the consultation will be analysed and will help to shape the future of services for children and young people with autism and their families - thank you.

As part of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s consultation on ASD, we are holding focus groups in January 2019 to gather the views of parent carers whose child/young person has a formal diagnosis of Autism and is resident in B&NES or attends a B&NES education setting.


Dates/times are as follows:


Thursday 10th January 10am -12pm at the Royal British Legion, Keynsham

Thursday 10th January 5pm – 7pm at Somerdale Pavilion, Keynsham

Friday 11th January 10am -12pm at Town Hall, Midsomer Norton.


Booking is essential. If you would like to attend, please email or telephone 01225 477980 to book.


Consultation Dates

Consultation Dates:
04/12/2018 - 09:30 to 19/12/2018 - 14:30

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