4 July 2013

Services for children with autism under spotlight

A cross-party group of councillors in Brighton & Hove has been set up to examine local services for children with autistic spectrum condition (ASC).

Families with children with ASC are being asked to give their views on how the services provided by the city are working, what needs improving, and where the areas of best practice are. The council scrutiny panel will also be talking to service providers and support groups.

The panel will be holding public meetings around the city after the school holidays. Dates confirmed so far are:

  • 17 September from 2pm to 5pm
  • 19 September from 10am to 12.30pm

Both meetings are in the Council Chamber in Hove Town Hall.

The panel members are Councillors Rob Jarrett (Chair), Andrew Wealls, Anne Pissaridou, and co-opted member Rosie Moore, senior lecturer in the School of Education at Brighton University and an authority on special educational needs.

Councillor Jarrett said: “We want to hear from as many people and groups as possible who deliver or receive services for children in the city who have autistic spectrum condition. Ultimately this is about trying to making sure that these children are receiving the services they need.”

Interested parties are invited to attend the public meetings or submit their views in other ways if they wish. The panel would like to know in advance if people would like to speak at the meetings and further information can be supplied on request.

You can get in touch with the council’s scrutiny team:

  • via twitter: #bhscrutiny
  • by emailing scrutiny@brighton-hove.gov.uk
  • by phoning (01273) 290451.