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What is Child Protective Services? How did CPS hear about me? What is a Child and Family Team Meeting? Food Pantries Food Stamps. If you are providing care for someone with an ASD you will be entitled to a carer's assessment.
Previously you had to be providing this care on a regular and substantial basis but the Care Act now entitles anyone who provides care to an assessment. Read more about s upport for carers and carers assessments. For an explanation of the areas of well being that they need to consider see the section above titled "How does social services assess if someone is 'not able to achieve' an outcome? Changes to charging will take place from and there is also going to be an appeals process for challenging social services decisions.
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These are the departments within your local authority, which are most likely to be responsible for assessing, funding and organising care and support. Adult social care refers to services provided to vulnerable adult members of society to enable them to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
These services are also known as care and support, social services support or community care services. It may still be called this in some places or it may be called a needs assessment.
In some cases, if a person has very complex ongoing healthcare needs, they may be assessed as eligible for NHS continuing healthcare funding. This is called a care and support package. Assessments and what happens next The process that SSD s are required to undertake falls into five categories.
To request a needs assessment If you think you may need support from your local SSD, you can contact them to request an assessment. What the assessment will cover and how it will be carried out All SSD s carry out needs assessments differently. This means that we cannot say for sure what questions you will be asked or how long it will take. If someone has urgent needs, social services have the power to put services in place without a needs assessment having been carried out.
In some cases, social services may prefer to do a needs assessment over the phone or online. They are allowed to do this, but they have to consider whether the means of carrying out the assessment poses any challenges or risks for the person. If there is concern that the person does not have mental capacity then a face to face assessment should be arranged.
Statutory guidance states that local authorities should give consideration to the preferences of the individual with regards to the timing, location and medium of the assessment. This is an assessment process carried out jointly by the person with care and support needs and the local authority.
Social services must still assess your needs as part of this process, even if you have completed the self-assessment form yourself. It would be useful for you to think about the questions below before your needs assessment. Are you able to eat and prepare meals yourself? Do you need help or prompting? How much help do you need? Are you able to use the toilet without assistance? Are you able to dress yourself in appropriate clothes for the weather outside and the activity that you are doing?
Are you able to do this without anyone prompting you? Are you able to make use of your home safely? Are you able to keep your home reasonably tidy and clean? Do you need someone to remind you to do this? Are you able to develop and maintain relationships with family and friends?
Do you have difficulty in building new friendships or keeping up the relationship that you have with family and friends? If you do have difficulty with this, how does this make you feel? Are you able to access and engage in work, training, education or volunteering? Do you need support to do this? Do you make use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including public transport, and recreational facilities or services? Are you able to access activities in the community that you would like to?
Do you need someone to go with you when you go into the community or remind you to go out? Do you have any caring responsibilities for a child?
Do you feel that you need any additional support with caring due to your disability? You can use the Autism Services Directory to find local advocacy services. Assessing future needs The social worker has a duty to consider what needs you may have in the future and if you are likely to deteriorate in the near future if support is not put in place.
Which social services team will carry out my needs assessment? What does the Autism Act say about assessments? The guidance is absolutely clear that on receiving a diagnosis of autism, adults with autism should expect to be offered a community care needs assessment, regardless of their IQ and where they are on the spectrum. This is particularly important for someone carrying out a needs assessment. Both the Care Act and the Autism Act statutory guidance say that someone carrying out an assessment must have the knowledge, skills and competence including knowledge of autism to carry out the assessment in question or consult someone who does.
This is reinforced by the Autism Act statutory guidance which provides detailed information on the level of skills and knowledge an assessor should have in autism. Read more about the Autism Act and the Government's statutory guidance at www. Determining eligibility and how social services work this out The 'needs assessment' will determine what support you need.
Social Services then compare your assessed needs to the eligibility criteria. Having an assessment of needs does not mean you will automatically receive support.
Summary of eligibility criteria To be eligible for support from social services the following must be the case: What does 'significant impact' mean? This means that if a person has several needs but at a fairly low level they may still be eligible for support.
This would be if there was an overall 'significant impact' on their wellbeing as a result of having these several lower level needs. This is called a cumulative effect. How does social services assess if someone is 'not able to achieve' an outcome?
An adult is to be regarded as being unable to achieve an outcome if the adult: If your needs fluctuate, social services must take into account your circumstances over a period that it considers necessary to determine whether your needs meet the eligibility criteria and establish accurately your level of need.
Daily fluctuation should be considered as well as fluctuation over a longer time. When social services are working out if you are eligible for support they must not take into account any support that is being provided by family carers or friends. The Care Act guidance is clear that information about the care provided by your family and friends can be written down in the assessment but this information should not be used to work out if someone is eligible for social services support.
Social services must focus on your well being when carrying out their assessment of your needs and making decisions.
What happens if I am not eligible? If your needs do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will not receive care and support services. Social services must be satisfied that your needs will not change in the near future and mean that you will become eligible for support.
This is also true if they wish to withdraw or change the services they are offering. Your local authority should not take away your support or change it significantly without doing a full review of your care and support needs first.
You might be able to access preventative support services, such as befriending or social groups. The Autism Act statutory guidance says that local authorities should be providing or arranging these services. If you are not eligible for ongoing care and support from social services, you should ask about this. If you are paying for your own care you can still ask the local authority to arrange the services for you. If social services assess that you are not eligible for care and support services you have the right to put in a formal complaint.
In this complaint you can state why you feel that your needs meet the eligibility criteria. For more about complaints see www. A social services appeals process will be introduced but is not yet in practice. Support planning If you are found to be eligible for services, social services should develop a care and support plan sometimes just called a care plan with you. The support plan must include the following information: What services are available?
Services could include the following if you have eligible needs: Personal Budgets All local authorities are now required to allow people to receive the funding for their services in the form of a Personal Budget.
Read more about Personal budgets and Direct Payments.Neither the Autism Act or the Care Act states which social services team should complete the needs assessment for a person with ASD. Make sure you keep a copy of any letters or emails exchanged between you and your local authority in a safe place. In some cases, if a person has very complex ongoing healthcare needs, they may be assessed as eligible for NHS continuing healthcare funding. You can use the Autism Services Directory to find local advocacy services. Are you able to use the toilet without assistance?