43% of councils providing training to less than half of staff who carry out assessments despite Care Act requirement for assessors to be suitably trained.
This is so true.
Some CAHMS employees are not qualified.
I would urge everyone to check quals.
Social workers are not trained in Autism
the way things are going we would all be better off asking our local postman to do the assessment..
My town has a specific autism team. They have never seen HF adults before. I think they are scared. And are probably not trained.
This is terrible! Anyone who works in health or social care should have appropriate training before they carry out assessments!!!
Technically only one person needs to have a qualification. They might be paying for one person in a back room somewhere.
it's the law. :D
Care act supplemental.
5.—(1) A local authority must ensure that any person (other than in the case of a supported self-assessment, the individual to whom it relates) carrying out an assessment—
(a)has the skills, knowledge and competence to carry out the assessment in question; and
(b)is appropriately trained.
(2) A local authority carrying out an assessment must consult a person who has expertise in relation to the condition or other circumstances of the individual whose needs are being assessed in any case where it considers that the needs of the individual concerned require it to do so.
(3) Such consultation may take place before, or during, the carrying out of the assessment.
An easy read version of the care act.
It's appalling. Sorry l was so flippant in my earlier response.
Since I originally posted I have spoken to many individuals and worker from CAHMS and then found out that they're not qualified even to do an assessment.
If someone has trained as a social worker and has a sociology degree and has done a week's course or even a month course on ASD it doesn't qualify them.
Currently there are no ASD autism specific psychology degrees l can find.
there's not enough government investment in any area of autism services and so therefore there's a huge gap.
I have found in conversations with sencos and some teachers that they don't understand aspergers and they don't understand how the system overloads certain children.
I'm going to see a local MP very soon regarding this.
I do think the national Autistic society should be stating on the website that parents especially should be checking qualifications of all people that work with their diagnosed child or undiagnosed child.
Hope you're well.x
That's v useful. Thankyou
It is and that's ok.
Any professional should stick to their scope of practice and if they are asked to do an assessment or other procedure that they are not trained to do it then they should refuse to do it, until they are given the appropriate training.
I did my first degree in Psychology and while we covered little bits of autism in it, it certainly wasn't a lot. I think an Autism specific course at University would probably be at PhD level, where you can choose the specific area that you want to study and research. There are however, many autism awareness diplomas available from various providers. I've signed up to do one to help towards my voluntary work with the Beaver Scouts.
I think perhaps the teachers leave the disability awareness stuff to the SENCOS but ideally all teachers that are teaching autistic children should be given some training to increase their awareness of the needs of those children.
Yes, perhaps the moderators could action that when they next pop in?
I'm well thank you. I hope you're well too?
Yes. I saw that.
I'm looking into doing that myself.
There's some cracking short courses to do isn't there.
That looks good. Thank you for sharing the link.