THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 4TH MARCH, 2013
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 11TH FEBRUARY, 2013
“844 AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER: COMMUNITY MONITORING AND SUPPORT PROJECT (DSS) –
Committee were provided with an update on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Community Monitoring and Support Project and outlined were the future actions to be undertaken as part of the project.
In 2009, an Adult Task and Finish Group, established by the Welsh Government issued a report describing how service provision for adults with ASD was very inconsistent across Wales. As a consequence, local authorities were given the opportunity to bid for grant funding. In partnership with Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan Council applied for funding to establish a Community Monitoring and Support Project across part of the South East Wales region. This was agreed by the Welsh Government in April 2011, indicative until March 2014.
The funding had been allocated specifically for providing a service to adults with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome who were at risk of social isolation of vulnerable to mental ill health and who, currently were not able to access or not eligible to access statutory services. It enabled the Council to employ two ASD Community Project Workers with responsibility for establishing and delivering the service across the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil.
The service offered short-term, targeted intervention which promoted the independence and autonomy of adults with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by:
· providing them with a clear point of contact for information and advice
· ensuring that those who were eligible for statutory support were redirected to existing services
· signposting those who do not meet the eligibility criteria for statutory social services to appropriate services located in their communities
· reducing the risk of crisis and helping to prevent enduring mental health problems by encouraging socialisation and directing individuals to social groups, local events and activities
· profiling any unmet need and highlighting any gaps in provision which could then be relayed to local steering groups and to the Welsh Government for consideration.
Access to the service was via telephone, online engagement, face to face meetings or by referral by partner agencies. To date, 78 separate enquiries had been received.
The key performance indicator for the service was that individuals felt less isolated and receive support to help them live independent lives.
The service had been successful in reaching out to clients through new media.
· the Adult Autism Advice web page received 1,194 page views in 2012, or which 619 were unique page views
· our Facebook page had 92 likes
· the generic Adult Autism Advice e-mail address has received 50 different contacts.
(1) T H A T the work being undertaken by the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Community Monitoring and Support Project be noted.
(2) T H A T Committee receive regular updates on the work of the project.
(3) T H A T Cabinet be invited to indicate their support for the project.
Reasons for recommendations
(1&2) To keep Members apprised of the work of the ASD Community Monitoring and Support Project and its achievements to date.
(3) To seek the views of Cabinet.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 11th February 2013