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S5W-21826: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20262 by Clare Haughey on 11 December 2018, when the Autism Strategy Review Group was established; who its members are; on what dates it has met; which (a) NHS boards and (b) local authorities it has met, broken down by date, and how it will review and monitor progress towards achieving the priorities and outcomes set out in the strategy.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 6 March 2019

The Scottish Government is committed to improving the lives of autistic people through the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

The Scottish Strategy for Autism Review Group was established in 2018 following the publication of the Scottish Strategy for Autism: outcomes and priorities 2018-2021 document in March 2018.

The Scottish Government reviews the progress of the strategy through quarterly meetings with the Autism Review Group. This group provides service expertise, strategic leadership and challenges the delivery of the strategy’s outcomes - aimed at improving outcomes for individuals and families living with autism.

The members are key representatives from Scottish Government, Third Sector, NHS, COSLA, Autistic People’s Organisations, parent/carers and Autism Network Scotland.

The group has met twice since it was formed, the first public meeting was hosted by the Borders Health and Social Care Partnership on 6 December. A closed meeting was held on 25 January 2019 in Edinburgh. The next public meeting of the group is currently being planned for NHS Highland in April/May.

The strategy’s progress is highlighted at the annual autism conference, this year’s event will take place on 26 March.

The strategy’s progress is also being monitored by the Autism Cross Party Group. Policy officials attended the last meeting on 26 February to give a strategy update.