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Autism - what we are doing

How we are improving the support for people with autism and Asperger in South Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire autism planning group

The South Gloucestershire autism planning group (APG) is a multi- professional group with carer and user representation that meets on a bi-monthly basis with the aim of reviewing and considering national and local guidance and policy relating to adults with autism.

The group also oversees the development of a long term strategy to improve local support for people with autism. The group supports the development of services for people with autism and works with other providers to ensure that non-specialist services are accessible for people with autism.

View the terms of reference for this group

National Autism Strategy: South West stocktake

In 2014 Public Health England asked all local authorities to carry out a stocktake of progress on the support, information and training available for people with autism, family carers and professionals locally. The audit also enabled areas to identify what further improvements are required.

The purpose of the self-assessment is to enable local strategy groups to review their progress and support future planning with partners including people with autism and their families. It is also key in identifying progress made in the implementation of the autism strategy across the country.

You can view the published results on Public Health England’s website:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160704150527/http://www.improvinghealthandlives.org.uk/projects/autsaf2014results

The 2016 self-assessment is currently underway, and further updates will be made available on this page.

National Autism Strategy: Think Autism

In January 2016 the government published its progress report on the national strategy. This report sets out the progress made on the high level actions within the ‘Think Autism’ updated strategy for adults with autism, and contains new actions to help local areas implement the strategy.

You can read the progress report at the below link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progress-report-on-strategy-for-adults-with-autism

Statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations to support implementation of the autism strategy can be found below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-autism-strategy-statutory-guidance

Training for service providers in South Gloucestershire

The National Autism Strategy requires that frontline public service staff access training in autism awareness as a key part of ensuring their service delivery meets national standards and expectations of quality.

South Gloucestershire Council Workforce Development team provides council employees and local organisations with the opportunity to access these services. These include a range of training courses, e-learning modules, occupational qualifications and other development resources.

Details of courses that are available for any agency who come into contact with adults with autism in their work and staff who support individuals with autism are listed below.

To help your agency or team to meet the requirements of the Autism Act, here is an overview of the training available to employees in South Glos, to increase their awareness and skills in supporting adults with autism. The training is provided by the National Autistic Society and co-ordinated by South Glos Council on behalf of the local Autism Planning Group (APG). There are discounted costs for places on these courses available to non-council agencies, e.g. in the local IVP Sector. The South Glos Learning & Development website has full details: https://learning.southglos.gov.uk/cpd/portal.asp.

 

 Course Name  Details and further information
Understanding Autism (E-learning)

Your staff can access this excellent introductory-level e-module at no charge, via our team. It is part of the overall ASK AUTISM package from the National Autistic Society.

For further information please contact us at: HRWorkforceDevelopment@southglos.gov.uk

Awareness Training: Understanding Autistic Spectrum Conditions (Level 1)

A 3-hour course giving a comprehensive introduction to assist employees to recognise and understand the key areas of difficulty experienced by people on the autism spectrum, so they will be better able to provide flexible and effective support. Dates of upcoming events: 11 May, 20 July, 16 November 2017; 16 March 2018.

Times: Mornings from 9:30-12:30 (half day)

More information is available on the Learning and Development website.

Supporting Adults with Autism (Level 2)

Delegates should have attended a Level 1 Awareness course first; this 1-day course looks at practical ways to support people effectively. There are two versions: For PROVIDER staff working with adults with autism on a frequent/daily basis: 19 July; 5 Dec 2017                      

And for staff UNDERTAKING ASSESSMENTS with adults with autism: 4 July; 19 Jan

Times: 9:30-16:30

More information is available on the Learning and Development website.

Understanding Behaviour – Autism (Level 2)

This 1-day course develops learners’ understanding of how external factors can impact on behaviours and explores individualised support strategies to help delegates be more confident in changing practice to positively support people with autism.

Dates of upcoming events: 19 October 2017

Times: 9:30-16:30

More information is available on the Learning and Development website.

Relationships, Boundaries and Sexuality – Autism (Level 2)

Explores how autism impacts on a person’s understanding of relationships and sexual issues, including strategies for dealing with relationships & sexuality, with information on legislative issues too.

Dates of upcoming events: 13 June 2017

Times: 9:30-16:30

More information is available on the Learning and Development website.

Autism and Maturity (Level 2)

A half-day course focusing on the impact of ageing for people with autism, how it affects people in different ways & how it presents itself in everyday situations for older people. It will help staff support people effectively as they get older. Dates of upcoming events: 4 April, 13 Nov 2017

Times: Mornings from 9:30-12:30 (half day)

More information is available on the Learning and Development website.

Sensory Considerations (Level 2)

This half-day course will provide an introduction to sensory differences in people with autism, looking at the sensory world of people with autism and how it can affect individuals in different ways.

Dates of upcoming events: 25 May, 9 Nov 2017

Times: Mornings from 9:30-12:30 (half day)

More information is available on the Learning and Development website.

Introduction to Criminal Justice Issues – Autism (Level 2)

A 3-hour overview including: why people with autism might be victims of crime; why people may offend; susceptibility to mate crime; strategies to support people when they come into contact with the criminal justice system. Dates of upcoming events: 10 October 2017

Times: Mornings from 9:30-12:30 (half day)

More information is available on the Learning and Development website.

 

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