October 2017

Rapid Evidence Assessment and Guidance Development: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


In 2017 the Welsh Government commissioned SQW and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to undertake a rapid evidence assessment (REA) into 'what works' in supporting learners affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The REA explores the existing evidence base regarding what works (and indeed, what does not work, or practice for which there is no or limited evidence of efficacy) in supporting the learning of children and young people aged 0-25 with ASD.

SQW and SCIE will use the REA findings to develop guidance aimed at those supporting young people with ASD, including those involved in planning provision, those involved in delivery (such as teachers, lecturers, early years practitioners), and other professionals supporting children and young people's learning. It is also expected the guides will be used by parents and third sector organisations.

The work has been commissioned in response to the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill. The Bill introduces a new additional learning system, which has three overarching objectives:

  • a unified legislative framework to support all children and young people with additional learning needs from 0-25 where they remain in education
  • an integrated, collaborative process of assessment, planning and monitoring which facilitates early, timely and effective interventions
  • a fair and transparent system for providing information and advice, and for resolving concerns and appeals.

The guidance is expected to be published by the Welsh Government in early 2018.

For further information regarding this project, please contact Lauren Roberts at SQW or Ewan King at SCIE (ewan.king@scie.org.uk)