Participation and involvement

This section lists organisations and groups which support the involvement of people with autism, their families and carers. Use the links on the right hand side to view services with a county or national remit.

AWARES Conference Centre

The AWARES Conference Centre allows you to have the unique opportunity to put your questions directly to the autism experts. Read more »

Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education

The Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE) is an independent centre, set up in 1982, actively supporting inclusive education as a human right of every child. Read more »

College Inclusion Charter


The College Inclusion Charter aims to support further education providers to improve their offer to young people with autism and other disabilities. Read more »

Commissioning for Community Inclusion: Eight Essential Actions


The Commissioning for Community Inclusion report shows how Commissioners can help make sure that services help people to live good lives in their communities. Read more »

Council For Disabled Children

The Council For Disabled Children aims to embrace everyone who plays a partnership role in the lives of disabled children. Read more »

Creating inclusive colleges for learners with autism

‘Creating inclusive colleges for learners with autism’ is a new guide for colleges that has been developed as part of the Finished at School campaign. Read more »

Diverse perspectives


This report published by the National Autistic Society explores the challenges for families affected by autism from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England. Read more »

Every Disabled Child Matters

Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is a campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child. Read more »

Improving inclusion: getting inclusive education right for children with autism


This paper published by TreeHouse presents parents’ and children’s experiences and views of inclusive education and recommend ways in which inclusion can continue to be improved. Read more »

Involving service users and carers – our Principles and Standards


This document explains how Somerset County Council aims to involve service users and carers in designing, commissioning and delivering services. Read more »

It involves us


This guidance produced by the National Autistic Society aimes to help local authorities better involve people with autism in their local planning and implementation. Read more »

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset aims to promote good mental health and encourage greater understanding of mental health issues. Read more »

Participation Works Partnership

The South West Participation Workers Network is supported by the Regional Youth Work Unit and brings together workers from Cornwall up to Gloucester. Read more »

Patient and Public Involvement and Communications Steering Group

The Purpose of the Patient and Public Involvement and Communications Steering Group is to advise and facilitate the effective involvement of the public within the work of the Trust. The Group will provide a two-way communication forum between the Trust… Read more »

Practical guides for health and wellbeing boards


A series of learning resources have been launched to support the establishment of well-functioning health and wellbeing boards. Read more »

Second National Personal Budget Survey


This report highlights the findings of the Second National Personal Budget Survey into the impact of personal budgets in most people’s lives. Read more »

Social inclusion training pack

The Social inclusion training pack is a suite of tools and approaches that staff teams and organisations can use to help achieve better outcomes for people. Read more »

Somerset Children’s Trust

Somerset Children’s Trust is a local area partnership. Read more »

Somerset Health Watch

Somerset Health Watch is the new consumer champion for Somerset. Read more »

Somerset Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The Somerset Joint Stratgic Needs Assessment (JSNA) describes the future health, care and wellbeing needs of the Somerset population and the strategic direction to meet those needs. Read more »

Somerset Parent Carer Forum

This Forum is for parent carers and carers of children who have additional needs and/or disabilities. The Forum will get your voice heard by the decision makers in the local authority. Read more »

Somerset Partnership patient and public engagement strategy 2013


This document presents Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s strategy for ensuring effective engagement with patients, carers and the public in the development and delivery of healthcare services and creating a culture of care and compassion. Read more »

Supporting adults with autism


This e-learning module, developed by the British Pschological Society (BPS) will find help you to consider how you can best support someone with autism. Read more »