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Commissioned services, strategies, and resources

Autism Strategy and Toolkit

The All Age Autism Strategy was developed in partnership with local organisations, service user groups and parent carer forums, drawing on the knowledge and understanding of those with lived experience of autism. The development of this strategy pulls together all of our autism workstreams across children and adults.

It also sets out our work to date; outlining the plans, ambitions, and commitment to work together across Health, Social Care and Education to support people of all ages with autism including their families and carers.

The aim is for Cambridgeshire to be autism friendly. Where people with autism can live full, healthy, and meaningful lives, within a society that accepts and understands them. This includes focusing on services being person centred; providing care informed by an understanding of what matters to a person with autism and their family.

The strategy takes a whole life approach. With the right support, children, young people and adults with autism can live happy, healthy and independent lives within their own community.

Autism Toolkit

The Autism Toolkit has been created as part of the 'all age autism strategy'. It is a self-assessment tool which encourages and supports organisations to become more accessible.

The Autism Toolkit will be used across Peterborough City Council (PCC) and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care Board (C&P ICB) when commissioning services and as part of provider contract management.

Please feel free to complete the Autism Toolkit or share with organisations and business across Peterborough. Organisations who have completed the toolkit can notify Children’s Commissioning and be included within our Autism Accessible Directory.

Commissioned services

Our contract register lists the services which have been commissioned by the Children's Commissioning Team.

Case studies and research

Arts Pioneers

As part of our Activities & Short Breaks Framework, Arts Pioneers is a monthly Saturday club based at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. It encourages disabled young people to be inspired by the diverse arts and science collections of the eight University of Cambridge Museums and the Botanic Garden. The club is for young people aged 11-15, who are eligible for Short Breaks funding.

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Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS)

During the initial weeks of the Covid Lockdown in March and April 2020 it became clear that there was an increase in the number of people who were accessing our local Assistance Scheme. The Cambridge Research Group conducted an analysis of the service users in the first 3 weeks of April in comparison to the same period the previous year which highlighted the new groups who accessed the service in April 2020 and provided information to help us better understand these groups and the best way that we could ensure they were aware of how CLAS could help them.

View a copy of the research report.

Centre 33

Centre 33 are a local charity who support Children and Young People up to the age of 25. They provide support around Mental Health, Sexual Help, Housing and finance, benefits and employment as well as delivering the Young Carers Support contract.

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