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Autism and the Care system

LondonboyLondonboy Member Posts: 1
edited August 2016 in News and opportunities
I am posting as the parent of an autistic young man who entered the Care system as an Adolescent following a deep crisis. It can be pretty tough living with Autism, ADHD or another form of neurodisability but if you are a young person going into Care, and it seems those around you don't really understand you, it can be extremely traumatic.

 There is currently no robust assessment of those entering Care to check for hidden neurodisabilities and Social Workers may have limited knowledge of these conditions. That means the support that they are able to provide and the decisions that they take about placements may be flawed, which is both costly and can be highly distressing to the young person whose needs aren't being met.
An amendment was recently proposed to the 'Children and Social Work' bill which is currently going through Parliament.  The Amendment simply sets out the need for those entering care to be assessed for hidden neurodisabilities, and for social workers and others involved in their Care to have sufficient training to be able to look after them appropriately.

Please add your voice so these children/young people get the support they need.

Thank You,

Londonboy (parent of an autistic former looked after child)

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