Children’s Community Autism Support Service (CCASS)

This service is for children and young people (up until their 18th birthday) who are on the neurodevelopmental waiting list for an autism diagnosis, or who have previously received a diagnosis but require support to manage their needs, and their families.  

 

Children, young people and families should not be open to CAMHS RISE for therapeutic work or social care/early help receiving support from a family support worker. 

The service can offer low level support only which is focused around understanding and communicating feelings, sensory integration and processing, behaviour, boundaries and routines, eating and sleeping. 

The service can help children, young people and families with setting goals related to management of the young person’s neurodevelopmental needs and achieving them to improve the lived experience of the child.  

This can be around: 

  • Understanding what a diagnosis of autism means to the child 
  • Maintaining & improving engagement with education  
  • Strengthening family relationships 
  • Preventing escalation of mental health issues & reducing behaviours of concern  
  • Increasing resilience & improving health and wellbeing 
  • Developing independent living skills & managing life transitions 
  • Accessing the community and socialising 

The service is not currently open to receiving referrals for 1-1 support.  

This is due to the large waiting list and current limitations on session delivery. 

The service can currently support with: 

 

 

Online social support groups for children and young people  

(on referral) 

Theme based, age appropriate (7-11, 11-15 and 16+) virtual youth clubs for young people residing in Coventry and Warwickshire.  

  • Creative club (craft and cooking) 
  • Kahoot Quiz  
  • Pictionary/Draw Battles 
  • Building a Minecraft secure server
  • Coming soon….. Dungeons and Dragons 
  • And even more in development….  

Siblings are also welcome to attend sessions of the online clubs. 

Online social peer support groups for parents/carers  

– Strategies for Coping – Toolbox 

(self-referral) 

Parent to parent peer support / coaching group aimed at improving parents’ understanding of autism, peer led activities and offer peer support and experience sharing.  

Booking via Eventbrite  

(You will need to book each week that you wish to attend)

Tuesday 7-8pm 

Thursday 1-2pm  

Online training for parents 

(self-referral) 

Currently delivering 5 workshops aimed at supporting parents with understanding autism promoting good mental health, behaviour, communication, increasing social skills, etc.  

Sign up via Eventbrite here: http://cwmindcypservices.eventbrite.com/  

Recorded previous sessions can also be accessed HERE 

Online resources for autism support  

Information from Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, National Mind and other local and national organisations offered in accessible and colourful format. 

www.cwmind.org.uk/autism-resources 

Autism Support Service Newsletters  Parents / carers can subscribe to the newsletter HERE 
Online resources for wellbeing and mental health 

Set up primarily for young people this CW Mind page offers useful exercises, links and information provided by National Mind and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, in an accessible ‘bite-size’ format. 

 

www.cwmind.org.uk/information-centre-for-young-people  

Online drop-in consultation session for schools or professionals working with families of autistic children and young people.

This session is designed for schools or professionals working with families who would have been referred into the service. This will offer an opportunity to discuss an anonymised child or young person with the team to see if there are any suggestions, resources or signposting that could support at this time.  

Sessions run on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4-5:30pm

To book spaces please visit the following links 

March session (9th)

April session (13th)

May session (11th)

Training for Professionals  

A range of training sessions including “Understanding the Autistic Spectrum” 

Courses delivered by the CW Mind training team. Sessions can be tailored for those working with children and young people or adults (at present online delivery only).  

The course “Understanding the Autistic Spectrum” training covers: 

  • Characteristics on the condition 
  • Autism-friendly communication styles 
  • Latest research and ways to prevent stigma 
  • Referral routes and resources 

To check prices and book spaces please visit HERE 

All sessions are currently being delivered remotely due to the Covid-19 restrictions. 

ReferralsAutism Support Service Referral Form

  • Referrals for social clubs and parent/carer peer support can be made directly to CW Mind please email the form below directly to vibes@cwmind.org.uk  
  • Referrals should be sent from the child or young person’s education provision (SENCo, Educational Psychology etc). 
  • Referrals will need to include a fully completed referral form and a parent/carer rated Dimensions tool report which can be produced here https://dimensions.covwarkpt.nhs.uk 

 Please note: Parent/Carer Dimensions reports are not stored by the website and so will need to be saved locally on your computer or printed to supplement the referral. 

Funded through Warwickshire County Council and delivered across Coventry and Warwickshire, this new service will sit alongside CW Mind’s children and young people’s department, CAMHS Rise and Specialist CAMHS. This service is to strengthen existing autism support within current services. 

Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates and spread the news to raise awareness. 

GDPR Leaflet for this service can be found here.