Autism (Local Offer)

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This page is about Autism. Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition

  • how a person interacts with other people
  • patterns of restricted,or repetitive behaviour
  • how a person processes sensory information

Autism is not a learning disability or a mental illness. Autistic people can have other needs, like anyone else. These include:

  • learning disabilities
  • health conditions
  • mental health conditions

With the right level of support and provision, people with autism can lead fullfilled and happy lives.

Autism Advisory Teacher Service

What is The Autism Advisory Teacher Service?

The Autism Advisory Teacher Service is a school based service and works with children and young people aged 4 years to 19 years who have a diagnosis of autism.

We have a parent/carer consultation service that operates during term time. Appointments need to be pre- booked by emailing 

Autism Education Trust Training

The Autism Education Trust is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the Department for Education. Their 360-degree support programme offers education professionals training, practical tools and a wealth of free resources to better support autistic children and young people aged 0 to 25

The Peterborough City Council Autism Advisory Teacher Service are the local licensed training holder for the Autism Education Trust. For more information about courses please email

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough all age autism strategy 2021 – 2026

What is the all age autism strategy?

This five-year (2021-2026) All Age Autism Strategy supports our aim for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to be an autism friendly place where children and adults with autism can live full, healthy, and rewarding lives, within a society that accepts and understands them.

Our vision is for both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to be recognised as autism friendly places to live, where people with autism of all ages have access to equal opportunities.

Autism friendly services throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are those that are person centred and take into consideration each person’s strengths, talents, and interests; thereby ensuring that all individuals have access to the same support throughout their lifetime.

This includes working together as partners to deliver services in a more inclusive, integrated way that puts the needs of people with autism, and their families first, providing help, support and care informed by an understanding of what matters to each person with autism and their family.

View the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough all age autism strategy 2021 – 2026

Autism Toolkit

The Autism Toolkit

The Autism Toolkit has been created as part of the All Age Autism Strategy Development. View our video on YouTube telling you all about the toolkit.

It is a self assessment tool which encourages and supports organisations to become more accessible to children, young people and adults with autism; or other neurodiverse conditions. In doing so, we hope to increase the accessibility of organisations and businesses across Peterborough.  

The Autism Toolkit will also be used across Peterborough City Council (PCC) and NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 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. View The complete Autism Toolkit 2021. If you want a copy of the excel spreadsheet please email: 

Be included within our Autism Accessible Directory

Organisations who have completed the toolkit and looking to increase neurodiverse accessibility can be included within our Autism Accessible Directory by notifying:

Children's Commissioning ( )

What do I do if I think my child has autism?

Early Help Pathway

If you feel you might benefit from some support you can approach a health professional, school or nursery to ask about the Early Help Pathway.  

You can find out more about Early Help on the Targeted support  pages.

Peterborough Child Development Unit

About the Peterborough Child Development Unit

The Peterborough Child Development Unit assesses and manages children (0-5 years) who live in Peterborough city or north Cambridgeshire who have significant problems with development.

This includes, children with communication difficulties including autism (but excludes pure visual or hearing impairment).

Referrals are accepted from GPs, social care and other professionals and organisations working with young children and families (eg Portage, Early Years Service) for children registered with a GP in Peterborough, Yaxley and Whittlesey.  We also accept children who live in the Peterborough City Council area but who are registered with a GP in Stamford and Market Deeping. 

CAMH Neurodevelopmental Service

Providing assessments

The CAMH Integrated Neurodevelopmental Service can provide assessments of autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The service works with young people up to the age of 18, their families and professionals. 

After diagnosis training is provided to parents and carers on the diagnosis given to their child. They can also provide specific interventions including medication if appropriate. 

Treatment is provied to these children where there is also a mental health condition.  

The service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Specialist Teacher Service

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Advisory Teaching Service

We work with children and young people who have a diagnosis of an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

We are part of the Peterborough Local Authority’s services to schools.  We work within Peterborough schools and educational settings providing advice, support and training to staff, as well as, direct targeted pieces of work with individual children / Young People in their education setting.

Contact us by email:

Supporting Young People With Situational (Selective) Mutism

Situational (selective) mutism is a severe anxiety disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates at school or to relatives they do not see very often.

You can read more details about this disorder on the Healthy schools Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Supporting Young People With Situational (Selective) Mutism webpage.

You will also find a link to the Situaltional Mutism Framework

Specialist SEND designated hub schools - autism
National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026

National strategy

The government has published the national strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England, and an implementation plan.

The strategy builds on and replaces the preceding adult autism strategy, Think Autism, which was published in April 2014. It extends the scope of the strategy to children and young people for the first time.

Further details can be accessed below which includes the strategy, implementation plan and easy read version.

Full details are available on the GOV.UK website

National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026 - GOV.UK (

Ambitious About Autism: young people create diagnosis resources

Ambitious About Autism: young people create diagnosis resources 

A group of autistic young people have shared their experiences of receiving an autism diagnosis, to help others going through the process feel 'less alone’.   
Members of Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Network have created a series of new videos and blogs in which they talk about what it felt like to be diagnosed  - some as children, teenagers or as young adults. 
The group decided to embark on the project to tackle the lack of peer-led advice and support available for young people going through the autism diagnosis process.   
Find out more here. 

Home For Good: Successful community support for people with a learning disability, a mental health need and autistic people | Care Quality Commission

Community support for people with a learning disability and/or autistic people

Community support for people with a learning disability and/or autistic people can be a complex process. Even more so if people also have a mental health need. Success depends on a concerted effort across multiple agencies working in partnership with the people supported and their families.

However, it can and does work, delivering a good quality of life, often at much lower prices compared to hospital settings. This assertion is supported by a body of policy guidance and literature going back almost three decades.

View the Care Quality Commission report 


Video about the Autism Toolkit

Related Pages

  1. Neuro Developmental Disorders (Local Offer)
  2. Education (Local Offer)
  3. Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans (Local Offer)
  4. Supporting your Neurodiverse child booklet

External Links

  1. National Autistic Society
  2. National Autistic Society Peterborough Branch
  3. CPFT CAMH Neurodevelopmental Service
  4. CPFT Childrens Psychology Service
  5. Autism Alert Card
  6. Autism Education Trust
  7. PANDAS Learn about Autism


  1. Emotional and Social Development Pathway. Guidelines for Parents
  2. Early Help in Peterborough - a guide for parents and carers
  3. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Complete document
  4. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Front cover
  5. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Introduction
  6. Autism Toolkit 2021 - User details
  7. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Overview
  8. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Environment
  9. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Training
  10. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Communication methods
  11. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Integration of services
  12. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Communication and marketing
  13. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Action Plan Summary
  14. Autism Toolkit 2021 - Score Summary
  15. Autism Toolkit 2021 - References

Related Services

  1. Autism Support App
  2. Living with Autism
  3. Cambian Autism Services
  4. Autism Advisory Teaching Service
  5. Action for Asperger's
  6. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Advisory Teaching Service
  7. Peterborough Child Development Unit
  8. Circles Network
  9. The national autistic society Peterborough and district branch
  10. Psychology Children's Service (Peterborough)


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