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Join Skills for Care Focus Group on Autism

Join Skills for Care Focus Group on Autism

Skills for Care are working with Skills for Health, the National Autistic Society and Opening Minds Consultancy to develop a ‘core capabilities framework’ about autism. This framework will say what staff need to know and do, so that they have the right skills and knowledge to support autistic people properly.

The new framework will replace the current ‘Autism skills and knowledge list’, will include health, social care and public services (such as education, housing and policing)and will be for autistic people of all ages. This will help Skills for Care to think about how everyone who works in public services can enable autistic people to live rewarding and fulfilling lives.

To help Skills for Care do this they want to talk to autistic people, families, and staff who support them. They’re running five co-production sessions in January 2019 and will be in Sheffield on 21 January 2019.

At the session they will talk to you about:
• Which staff in public services have the most impact on the lives of autistic people?
• What values, skills and knowledge help staff do their jobs well?
• What is the best way for these workers to get these skills?

Skills for Care will use what you tell them to shape the new framework so that public services can ensure their staff deliver their services in the way that autistic people need. It will also help services to train their staff properly.

Who should attend?
• The morning session (10.00-12.30) is for paid staff who support autistic people. These could be people who work in social care, health or any other public services who want to make their service more useful to autistic people.

• The afternoon session (13.15-15.45) is for people with lived experience of autism. This means autistic people and family and friends of people with autism. Some people might have lived experience and work in a role that supports autistic people – you can choose to attend one or both of the sessions.

There is a question on the booking form which asks you to say which session you are attending – please try and tick the right box.

Book your place now
Click on the date below to book your place at the Sheffield event. You will be asked to fill in a booking form, which has some questions about yourself. When you have booked on, you will be sent a confirmation email. You will also receive a 10 day and 3 day reminder email.
January – Sheffield

Claiming travel costs
If you are a person with lived experience, Skills for Care can book and pay for your travel. Please book your place using the link above. When you have done this you will be sent a confirmation email – forward this email to policy@skillsforcare.org.uk and include your name and what travel you would like them to book.

For example:
“Hello. My name is Jenna. I have booked a place on the below focus group. I would like you to book my travel – I need to get the 11.35 train from Leeds to Sheffield and the 16.00 train from Sheffield to Leeds.”

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