Resources and Downloads

Gender Pay Gap Report 2021-2022

The Devon & Cornwall Autistic Community Trust (trading as Spectrum) publishes an annual report which shows how pay rates for women and men compare. Below are the highlights from the current report.

Difference in hourly rates:

At Spectrum, women earn £1 for every £1 that men earn when comparing median hourly pay. When comparing mean (average) hourly pay, women’s hourly pay is 3.1% lower than men’s.

Proportion of women in each pay quartile:

    Quarter 1 – 65.3% female, 34.7% male
    Quarter 2 – 60.4% female, 39.6% male
    Quarter 3 – 67.4% female, 32.6% male
    Quarter 4 – 66.7% female, 33.3% male

Who received bonus pay:

    0% of women
    0% of men

Click to view the most recent report.

National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026

The government’s national strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England, and implementation plan for 2021 to 2022.
The strategy builds on and replaces the preceding adult autism strategy, Think Autism, which was published in April 2014. It extends the scope of the strategy to children and young people for the first time.

The National Strategy


The Autism Educational Trust
The AET programme is a national, face-to-face modular training programme for all professionals working in all educational settings from 0-25 years old.

Please click on the link below that explains the work of the AET – supported by the department for education.

How the AET can help

SENDiass Cornwall

Sendiass can support parents, carers and students between the ages 0f 0-25 around education issues. Their service is independent, impartial and free.

The Autism Spectrum Team
The Autism Spectrum Team in Cornwall will play a significant role in promoting the inclusion of young people with Autism and in supporting multi agency working to meet the needs of these young people and their families. Professionals within the Autism Spectrum Team will promote a joint problem solving approach and promote interventions that are evidence based.

Diagnosis and Information

Community Paediatrics RCHT  – Diagnose children under 5. Contact 01872 253880
CAMHS – Only diagnose autism if it is picked up through dealing with another issue. Age 5 and a half to 18. Contact 01872 221400
ASDAT (Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Assessment Team) – Diagnose children 5-and-a-half to 18. Contact 01872 221400

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Outlook Southwest)
Diagnosis for adults over 16.

Nice Guidelines for diagnosis of children with ASD

NICE diagnosis guidance Under 19
Best practice guidance on autism diagnosis for children

NICE diagnosis guidance 18 and over
Best practice guidance on autism diagnosis for adults

Cornwall Council Adult Social Care Needs Assessment
Needs Assessment for Adults

Support and Advice

Carers Assessment
You might be just doing your parent job but you may also be a carer and entitled to support as such.

Needs Assessment for adults
Having an adults care and support needs assessed may result in some support or financial support for care and support service.

Healthwatch Cornwall
“We make sure people’s views and experiences influence decision making at the heart of Cornwall’s health and social care.”

Training on Women and Girls
offered by the National Autistic Society

Face2Face Cornwall
Parent to parent support and befriending services. They also run oasis groups for parents and carers.

Parent Carers Cornwall
All family members are the experts on their children with additional needs; which is why parent participation in service development is so important and why the Parent Carer Council for Cornwall was formed – to ensure all parents have their voice heard. The collective impact of many individual voices can make long term constructive change in service delivery.

Short Breaks and Respite
The Short Breaks Service provides county wide planned residential short breaks for children and young people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs.

Day Centres
Find out more about local community and support services for people with learning disabilities

Cornwall Council Children’s Services Information

Autism and Sleeping
Between 44 to 83 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder also experience sleep issues. Most commonly, children with autism have difficulty falling asleep and experience disturbed sleep once they do. Problematically, their sleep problems tend to exacerbate other issues characteristic of the disorder. This site offers further information.

The Curly Hair Project
A a social enterprise which supports people on the autistic spectrum and the people around them, founded by autistic author Alis Rowe. “We use cool things like animated films, comic strips and diagrams to make our work interesting and easy to understand.”

Aspires, and the Dreadnought Aspires Project
Provide a fun and safe environment for young people aged 8-18, where they are supported to develop and improve their social skills, confidence, self-esteem and independence.


PIP guides suggested by the National Autistic Society

Cornwall council information about applying for PIP  

Government Information about Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)


Working Together with Your Child's School

This guide will help parents and carers decide what is important for your child's education. Parents and carers can use this guide to talk to School about how to best work together.

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Home School Communication

The below link will take you to a useful home School communication sheet. You can use this as is or make your own. Keeping communication open with your child's school is very important, using something like this will aid in this.

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Autism Competency Framework

The Autism Education trust has created an autism competency framework to help support education settings in self-checking their skills and progression in working with individuals on the spectrum. The comprehensive framework can be accessed below.

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EHCP Graduated Response

A guide for parents about special educational needs and disability (SEND)

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Autism Spectrum Rainbow Diagram

The Autism spectrum in a visual diagram

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Autism Assessment Social Story

A social story to help explain to your child what is happening around a diagnostic assessment and why they are seeing professionals.

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Autism Support Record

Spectrum has produced a new Autism support record "Diagnosis journey and strategies for living with Autism" This booklet will be useful in recording important information and documenting support plan needs. You can download and edit this record digitally for easy updating.

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Girls and Autism: Flying Under the Radar

This guide aims to introduce the debate around autism and gender - identify key issues for girls with autism spectrum conditions - provide practical school-based support strategies - share family, professional and academic perspectives.

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