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Request for casework

A young person of school age (4-16) who has a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) may be referred to the team by a professional and their parents. The criteria for acceptance of the referral are the diagnosis and a clear objective for the work. The diagnosis may be:

  • an ASC including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
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Where the work required involves an educational setting it is essential a member of staff from that setting completes the referral form.

Objectives cover a very broad range. These include:

  • Helping pupils understand their diagnosis
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Analysing and providing strategies to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Advising teachers on adapting their classrooms to be Autism Friendly
  • Supporting the reintegration of pupils on part-time timetables

In addition, our home based casework will be restricted to children and young people with autism who are trying to transition back to school but are currently unable to attend because of mental health difficulties. We shall still provide consultation in other cases but this would not involve any home visits.

The number of core funded pieces of casework per primary school will reflect the number of pupils on roll during the academic year 2019-20 as follows:

  • Small Primary School (up to 200 pupils): 2 cases
  • Large Primary School (over 200 pupils): 3 cases
  • Special School or Area Resource Base: 2 cases

However for schools with a large number of pupils with a diagnosis of ASC on roll the core cases will be increased as follows:

  • Schools with 8 pupils with an ASC diagnosis: 4 cases
  • Schools with 10 pupils with an ASC diagnosis: 5 cases

Note that the number of cases includes any active cases carried over from the previous academic year.

We shall be introducing a time allocation rather than a case limit to secondary schools from September 2019. The advisers will work closely with secondary school staff in planning meetings to agree the most effective use of the allocated time. Time may be used on casework but also other consultancy activities if preferred. Formal training to large numbers of staff must still however be commissioned as previously. The number of days allocated will reflect the number of pupils with a diagnosis on each school’s roll as follows:

  • Small Secondary School (up to 800 pupils): 4.5 days per year
  • Large Secondary School (over 800 pupils): 6 days per year

However for schools with a large number of pupils with a diagnosis of ASC on roll the time allocation will be increased as follows:

  • Schools with 10 pupils with an ASC diagnosis: 7.5 days per year
  • Schools with 15 pupils with an ASC diagnosis: 9 days per year
  • Schools with 20 pupils with an ASC diagnosis: 10.5 days per year
  • Schools with >20 pupils with an ASC diagnosis: 12 days per year

Note that this time allocation is for face to face work of an advisor in the school setting. Admin time for any office based work undertaken by the advisor and the time of an Autism Spectrum Team worker is included additionally as part of our core offer.

Due to the high level of demand for the team's involvement, there is sometimes a delay of up to three months between the team receiving a completed referral and the casework commencing. We are aware that sometimes there will be a significant deterioration in the young person's circumstances during this wait, so we are introducing a prioritisation system for young people who are in particularly challenging circumstances.

Request for case work form

If your school requires more than the number of core funded pieces allocated, additional casework can be purchased. Please see page 6 of the Autism Spectrum Team Brochure

In exceptional cases the team will work with young people who do not yet have a diagnosis, upon discussion and agreement from the Manager.