I am trying desperately to learn how many primary school there are diagnosed with autism in Sussex. I don't want to extrapolate from National data. Can anyone help please?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance,
Just to clarify - is that how many primary school aged children are diagnosed with autism? Have you considered writing a Freedom of Information Act request to both West and East Sussex County Council requesting this information in a digestible format?
You can find some stats from the Autism Self-Assessment Framework responses last submitted by local authorities two years ago:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/autism-self-assessment-framework-exercise (big spreadsheet)
You will also find figures in the local Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, eg http://www.eastsussexjsna.org.uk/
In the 2017 school census there were 978 pupils in East Sussex recorded as having ASD: a rate of 13.3 per 1,000 pupils. This compares to a rate of 13.1 per 1,000 for the South East and 12.5 per 1,000 in England in 2017.
To find the total number coded as autistic on local GP registers within a certain age rage, you could ask someone on the Public Health teams (for both councils),
Hope that helps.