Specialist Support Services Local Offer

What does your service do?

Our Specialist Support Service is a comprehensive, professional, high quality service for parents/carers of children and young people with ASC who demonstrate challenging behaviour and other difficulties associated with Autism.

Difficulties might include:

  • Sleep
  • Eating
  • Communication difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Demand avoidance
  • Verbally abusive
  • Physical harm to self and or others
  • Sensory dysfunction
  • Social skills
  • Obsessions
  • Ritualistic
  • Self help

Each family will receive a support package which will include a baseline, behaviour and skills assessment from a behaviour support specialist; in addition some families will receives ongoing support from a specialist intervention advisor.

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

We provide services across Sussex, we come to you.

Who does your service provide for?

To access our Specialist Support Service, a child or young person must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have a diagnosis of ASC or under going an assessment
  • Be under 18
  • Live in Sussex

Referrals can come from a professional and/or parent/carer of the child or young person with ASC.

Following receipt of a referral it may then be necessary for the behaviour support specialist to carry out a provisional eligibility assessment.

We are currently unable to take on children who are suffering from extreme behaviours or additional mental health disorder i.e. psychosis, clinical depression, history of suicide, anorexia, bipolar.

How can I start using the service?

Call our helpline to make a referral to our specialist support services.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

As a full cost service, a specialist support package can be commissioned by schools, county council, CAMHS or privately funded i.e. direct payments, DLA etc. They will need to meet the criteria above and undertake an eligibility assessment.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

Regular feedback is given to families at all stages of a specialist support package, initial assessment and intervention.

We produce leaflets for all our services at Autism Sussex. All our information is uploaded and up dated regularly on our website and through social network. We send out monitoring questionnaires at regular intervals across all our services, including specialist support to ensure our families continue to benefit from those services and to ensure their ongoing needs are met.

Is your service fully accessible?

All assessments and interventions are carried out in the home or in schools.

Autism Sussex Specialist Support Service works closely with our in house Family Support Service and Children’s Service.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

Our Specialist Support Service is overseen by our behaviour support specialists who are qualified practioners in their field, supported in delivery of service by experienced and qualified specialist intervention advisors.

All staff are required to undergo Induction training on being employed by Autism Sussex. Our Induction covers the common standards and is provided by Skills for Care, Safeguarding training, Team Teachh and First Aid. All staff have current DBS certificates. We provide Autism Specific training from our in house trainers. Staff also have access to Kids e-learning, online training covering a wide range of training needs.

 Who can I contact for further information?

Enquiry Line – 0345 450 0060  Email: familysupport@autismsussex.org.uk