The autism strategy makes it clear that diagnosis alone is not enough; there is a clear and well documented need for a person-centred assessment of an individual's needs.

The strategy also says that diagnosis should be a catalyst for a carer's assessment.

These two points are crucial in making sure adults with autism receive the right support after diagnosis.

The information below aims to inform and support you in meeting the community care needs of adults with autism.

Prioritising need - access to care services

Fair Access to Care Services

The key to adults with autism being able to access appropriate care services and support is the eligibility criteria for that support.

In 2003 the government decided that there needed to be a fair and transparent system when allocating adult social care services to people in need. The Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) framework was introduced to reduce inconsistencies across the country about who could receive support.

The framework enabled councils to provide social care support in a fair and proportionate way that took into consideration the impact of the individual's needs, the wider community and the local council's budgets. 

Prioritising need in the context of Putting People First

In 2010, after a consultation of the framework by Cutting the Cake Fairly (CSCI) in 2008, the 2003 FACS guidance was replaced by a revised guidance.

The guidance, entitled Prioritising need in the context of Putting People First: A whole system approach to eligibility for social care - guidance on eligibility criteria for adult social care, England 2010, aimed to support fair and transparent eligibility criteria within the Putting People First policy of personalisation and prevention.

It contains some key points that are relevant when assessing the community care needs of adults with autism.

Click here for the full guidance document

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