A national children’s charity has today announced that they have received funding to provide multi-disciplinary autism assessments, diagnostic feedback and 12 months of post-diagnostic support to eligible children living in the UK.
Caudwell Children, who launched their innovative new autism service in 2019, have a dedicated clinical team delivering child-centred assessments in their purpose-built centre based on the campus of Keele University in Staffordshire.
Regulated by the Care Quality Commission, the service received a glowing review and ‘Good’ rating following their first inspection and have successfully continued to support children and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick, said:
“Waiting times for autism assessments are all too often unacceptably long, with parents regularly waiting 18 months or more for a diagnosis.
“We launched the Caudwell Children Autism Service to support our stretched statutory services and reduce waiting times to evidence that there is a quicker, more efficient and effective way to support families through this important process.
“Thanks to funding from several donors over the last six months we are now delighted to be able to offer our assessment, diagnosis and support service to new referrals at zero cost for a limited time and we welcome referrals from families across the UK.”
Assessments at Caudwell Children are available for children aged between four and 11 years old and require a referral from a health professional, teacher or social care worker. Funding is available for new referrals from families with a household income of £45,000 per year or less, not including benefits.
All assessments will take place over two days, with one day at the award-winning Caudwell International Children’s Centre in Staffordshire, the UK’s first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to the assessment, support and research of autism.
Caudwell Children also offers private assessments for non-eligible families. To find out if Caudwell Children could help you, visit www.caudwellchildren.com/autism or call 0345 300 1348.
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