Caudwell Children Autism Services
Providing assessment, intervention and support
Caudwell Children Autism Service (CCAS) provides assessment, intervention and support for children with ASD and their families.
Caudwell Children can provide fully-funded multi-disciplinary autism assessments, plus diagnostic feedback and 12 months of post-diagnostic support to eligible children living in the UK.
Two-day assessments are available for children aged between 4 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.
Families that do not meet the £45,000 eligibility criteria can also access our state-of-the-art Autism Service, with private assessments available, provided the child is aged 4 to 11 years.
There’s more information on this page and in the downloadable service guide – but if you need to speak to someone feel free to call 0345 300 1348.
Child aged between 4 and 11
Household income below £45,000
Referral made by a professional
Cost and Funding – Workshops
WORKSHOP PROGRAMME - HALF DAY
WORKSHOP PROGRAMME - FULL DAY
WORKSHOP PROGRAMME PACKAGES
Cost and Funding – Occupational Therapy and Multi-Disciplinary Assessment
OT ASSESSMENT AND SENSORY PATHWAY
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM ASSESSMENT
Frequently Asked Questions
Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. (The National Autistic Society 2017)
The diagnostic assessment and intervention will take place at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, Keele, Staffordshire.
Initially the service is designed to support children and families with ASD but as a centre for neurodevelopmental disorders we will be looking to extend what we can provide in the future.
Our workshops are available to families with a child who is either diagnosed with an ASD or is under investigation for the same.
The complex profile of behaviours associated with demand avoidance is recognised as occurring within the autism spectrum.
CCAS will provide support to children who are identified as having difficulties which suggest they would benefit from a comprehensive multidisciplinary diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder.
CCAS will also provide support to children who already have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and have difficulties that might be helped by specialist workshops or an Occupational Therapy and Sensory Assessment.
CCAS will provide support to children who are identified as having difficulties which suggest they would benefit from a comprehensive multidisciplinary diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder. CCAS will also provide support to children who already have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and have difficulties that might be helped by specialist workshops or an Occupational Therapy Assessment.
Our assessment and diagnosis service follows National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. We will be liaising with local authorities and other statutory services but ultimately this decision lies with the individual local authority or statutory provider.
Referrals will be accepted with parental consent from any health, social care or education professional that knows the child well, ensuring that the family GP is aware of the referral.
Families do not need a formal referral in order to attend the workshop programme. They can apply themselves.
Families can only self-refer for the workshop programmes.
Referrals will be accepted with parental consent from any health, social care or education professional that knows the child well for the ASD assessment.
Families can apply for support for funding from Caudwell Children but will need to meet the charity eligibility criteria.
Funding, if supported, will be for 80% of the total cost, therefore families will need to contribute the remaining 20%.
Families can apply for support for funding from Caudwell Children but will need to meet the charity eligibility criteria. Funding, if supported, will be for 80% of the total cost, therefore families will need to contribute the remaining 20%.
Caudwell Children funding eligibility criteria can be found on our website. Families can apply for funding if they have an annual income less than £45,000 gross.
All referrals will be reviewed by the clinical team on a weekly basis and families will be notified of the outcome as soon as there is sufficient information to make a decision.
For referrals that meet the clinical eligibility criteria, families will then need to advise us on how they will be funding their assessment or workshop places. Families applying for a donation from the charity will need to complete an application form and complete the funding application process before an appointment is arranged.
Once a referral has been accepted by the team, an appointment will be offered only when funding is agreed and in place. For those families applying for funding support from the charity, this typically takes 2-3 months to arrange
LEGAL ADVICE & SUPPORT
Our official legal partners, Irwin Mitchell, provides access to medical care, rehabilitation and support to children with disability.
As a long-time supporter of Caudwell Children and families with disability, Irwin Mitchell has helped countless parents achieve the best possible outcome for their child. You can make a free, no-obligation enquiry with a member of their dedicated team of solicitors or read more about the services they provide: