Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs have been awarded funding to pilot a Community Keyworking programme for children and young people who are autistic, have a learning disability or both.
The CCGs are keen that the support offered reflects the needs of these children, young people and families, and as the new support role will focus on those most at risk of an unplanned visit to hospital, this is the cohort of children and young people they particularly want to hear from. The CCGs recognise that parents may want or need to support their children/young people to engage, however they really want to hear the voice of the child and/or young person coming through loud and clear.
SCVYS has been approached to manage this engagement and after a period of development it is now ready to launch. We are currently seeking delivery partners and have invited 24 local partners across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to consider an incentive scheme to enable them to support any children and young people in their current participant cohort to engage, if they feel unable to complete the survey independently.
They are collecting responses via a short online survey which should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.
Participants are also able to request a phone or video call if this improves their accessibility to the consultation from either SCVYS, or a partner organisation to enable them to complete the survey.
The survey link will be open until Sunday 18 April 2021 and then SCVYS will compile the responses and report back to the CCGs, local authority representatives and health partners.
When the report has been received and digested, SCVYS and the CCG will produce a "You said, We Did" summary which will be sent back to all who are interested in hearing the difference their views have made in shaping the proposed Keyworker role.
We would be grateful to hear views from those who are:
- autistic, have a learning disability or both;
- are currently on the Dynamic Support Register - i.e those considered to be most at risk of an unplanned hospital visit;
- are in or have recently required Tier 4 support
It's a positive project which will hopefully make access to services a more positive and easy experience for those with autism an learning disabilities.