As part of our ongoing work around the Autism and ADHD pathways in Somerset (to provide a more standardised, easily accessible and whole system-wide approach), we have been working hard to understand and identify what needs to change and how best to do this.

It is important that we design pathways that work for our children and young people, parents and carers, as well as providing better support for education settings and Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs).

New trial Referral Query and Advice Line

We know that both families and professionals often have questions about referrals. In response to this we have set up a new Referral Query and Advice line.

This line is open to parent, carers, young people or practitioners from health, education or social care.

Phone the Referral Query and Advice line on 0303 033 3002 – open 9am to 12pm every Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Some of the things you can chat with the team about:

  • The status of referrals made to the Children and Young People’s Neurodevelopmental Partnership (CYPNP)
  • The potential sources of support that might be available to a young person whilst they are waiting for an assessment with our service
  • If it would be appropriate to refer a young person to our service for an Autism or ADHD assessment

The advice line will not be able to answer questions about children who have already been seen by CYPNP. These questions need to be directed to the clinicians involved with the young person. 

Useful videos

Local offer Live sessions were a chance for staff to talk you through some of the updates.

Karin, a Senior Educational Psychologist in Somerset, describes during our February 2022 Local Offer Live what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is, and the new pathway for ADHD diagnosis.

Jon and Mary from the Children and Young People’s Neurodevelopment Pathway Partnership talk during our October 2022 Local Offer Live about the pathway, how to access this and also to give updates on this service.


Step One: Pre assessment

Includes links to the pre-assessment pathway documents

Pre Assessment Autism and ADHD Pathway

Step Two: Assessment

What you can expect when going through the assessment pathway for Autism and/or ADHD

Assessment pathway for Autism and ADHD

Step Three: Post assessment

Overview of support currently available to children, young people and their families following an assessment for Autism and/or ADHD.

Post Assessment Autism and ADHD Pathway

Last reviewed:November 25, 2022 byGemma

Next review due:May 25, 2023

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