Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Specialist autism referral service

Who can request an autism assessment

You can request an autism assessment for a child or young person if you are their parent or carer, or if:

  • you are a professional who knows the child or young person, eg a SENDCO, health professional or paediatrician, and
  • the child or young person’s parent or carer agrees to an assessment (the child or young person can give consent if over 16)

You will need to gather information from home and school about the child or young person’s current difficulties with social communication, social interaction and evidence of any restrictive/repetitive behaviours that impact on their daily life.

The child or young person must:

  • have suspected autism, which is causing significant difficulties at home and/or at school
  • be registered with a GP in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire
  • be between 2 years 4 months and 17 years 6 months old

Making a referral as a professional

First, ask the child or young person’s parent or carer to complete a social communication questionnaire (SCQ). If you have their email, you can send them a link to an online form. Their responses will be sent to you by email to upload when you request the assessment.

Alternatively, you can download a MS Word version and email it to the parent or carer so they can complete it on-screen or print it out. They will need to save or scan the completed form and send it to you as a PDF file so you can upload it when you request the assessment.

Next, if you are a SENDCO or teacher, you need to complete a social communication questionnaire yourself:

You will need to save this SCQ as a PDF and upload it to support the referral. Alternatively you can download and complete the appropriate form, then scan or save it as a PDF file.

Making a referral as a parent or carer

First, ask the school or educational establishment to complete a social communication questionnaire (SCQ). If you have an email address for their teacher, SENDCO or early years setting, you can send them a link to an online form. Their responses will be sent to you by email to upload when you request the assessment.

Alternatively, you can download a MS Word version and email it (or give a printed copy) to the school or educational establishment so they can complete it. They will need to send the completed form to you as a PDF file so you can upload it when you request the assessment.

Next, you need to complete a social communication yourself, as the child’s parent or carer. Save the completed form as a PDF and upload it with your referral.

Before you start

You will need to provide supporting evidence of the child’s behaviour and why an assessment is necessary and appropriate. You will also need to provide the child or young person’s:

  • home address and who they live with
  • school and GP details (name, address and contacts)
  • NHS number and date of birth
  • current diagnosis and medication (if applicable)

If you know the child’s name, date of birth and postcode, you can use the NHS ‘Find your NHS number’ service. Alternatively, ask the child or young person’s person or carer for it (it will be on any letter they have received from the NHS) or they can contact their GP to ask for it.

Request an autism assessment

Once you have all the necessary information, you can start your application.

Page last reviewed: 5 February 2024