Project background

An All Age Autism Review project has begun in Dorset, this includes Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole local authority areas. This project is about service improvement and is following a cycle of assessing needs, gathering insights, view seeking, identifying service gaps, understanding what works, and doesn’t work, in Dorset to then design a new and improved pathway of care.

To help give the project the best chance of success engagement is taking place with stakeholders across the Dorset Integrated Care System. This includes NHS and Local Authority organisations, and also the voluntary sector, parent carer groups, support groups and individuals with lived experience.

The new pathway of care will be developed through a co-design approach. This way of working has collaboration at its core; working together with those who have an interest in, or are affected by, autism to design an effective care pathway for all. Throughout Spring and Summer 2021 a series of workshops will be the epicentre of the co-design process. These workshops will have membership from a nominated cross-section of representatives from across Dorset. This webpage will be regularly updated with progress updates from the workshops and include resources for anyone to review and provide feedback on.

If you’d like to get in touch about the All Age Autism Review then please contact the team at

Workshop agendas

Agenda for workshop 1 – 21.04.2021

All Age Autism: Insights Report

One of the key elements in the All Age Autism Review project is understanding what current services look and feel like in Dorset.

When the project started there had already been extensive view seeking on what the current system for autism looks and feels like.

Those views were from a wide range people including service users, carers and service providers.

To focus the invaluable collection of insights and experiences to inform the design of a new autism pathway Darmax Research were commissioned to analyse the data and write a report.

The purpose of the report is to inform the co-design process. You can find out more information on the co-design process at the top of this page.

You can open and download the report from the link below.

An Easy Read version of the insight report will be uploaded shortly.