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The UK NSC policy on Autism screening in children

Policy

 
Type Child
Last review completed November 2012
Next review due in 2015/16
Policy recommendation     Systematic population screening programme not recommended
 

Screening should not be offered.

 
Key downloads Last external review
 

What is screening?

Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition. It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.

» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process

More about Autism

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Autistic spectrum disorder is the term that is used to describe a group of disorders, including autism and Asperger syndrome. The word ‘spectrum’ is used because the characteristics of the condition vary from one person to another. Those with autism may also have a learning disability. Those who have Asperger syndrome tend to have average, or above average, intelligence, but still have difficulty making sense of the world.

» Read more about autism on NHS Choices

Policy stakeholders

The British Psychological Society
Institute of Child Health
The National Autistic Society
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.

Related documents

icon NSC ASD Policy Position Statement and summary (November 2012) (PDF document, 3.84MB, 11/12/12)

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