Minor changes since publication
August 2023: We updated the description of psychologists in the definition of 'autism team'. These reflect amendments to the source guidance, which were made in line with current practice and the British Psychological Society's best practice in psychology recruitment. In the section 'children and young people' we changed 'clinical and/or educational psychologists'to 'psychologists with training and experience in working with autistic children and young people' and 'clinical and educational psychologists' to 'psychologists with training and experience complementary to psychologists in the core team'. In the 'adults' section we changed 'clinical psychologists' to 'psychologists with training and experience in working with autistic adults'.
January 2022: We updated the quality standard to reflect changes in current terminology in line with changes made to the source guidance. We changed 'people with autism' to 'autistic people', 'challenging behaviour' to 'behaviour that challenges' and 'symptoms' to 'features'. We also updated the definition of 'assessment of coexisting physical health conditions and mental health problems' for children and young people in statement 2 to include 'growth and nutritional problems' to reflect the new recommendation on assessment and referral for children and young people with feeding problems and restricted diets in the NICE guideline on autistic spectrum disorder in under 19s: support and management.
The previous version of the quality standard for autism is available as a pdf.