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Knowsley Council Adult Provider Service achieves Autism Accreditation

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council’s Adult Day Service has once again achieved the prestigious Autism Accreditation award from the National Autistic Society.

Accredited status is awarded to provisions where staff have a good working knowledge of methods and approaches which produce positive outcomes for people with a diagnosis of autism.

The service provides support for people with autism which is person centred and reflects an understanding of good practice approaches in the field of autism. Individuals can take part in a range of leisure, cultural and therapeutic activities with a strong focus on community engagement. These activities are tailored to the needs of are differentiated in delivery to take into account individual needs and abilities.

The service, which operates from a number of community bases across the borough, offers varied support for residents aged 18-65 years with support needs including complex health care and behavioural support needs.

Being based in the community allows the service users to interact with local communities as well as having access to a range of community assets, such as community spaces to grow your own food.

Inspectors noted the detailed activity plans that support staff to provide consistent and purposeful sessions with clear aims and targets, staff are ambitious for the people they support and staff have an understanding of individual’s needs.

Donna Wilkinson whose son uses the service said “The staff are doing a great job. Jack leaves in the morning smiling and comes home smiling each day. Happy son = happy mum.”

Leadership of the service was also praised with inspectors highlighting that the senior leadership team was experienced, forward thinking, passionate and ambitious about the service and its future direction.

The service offer also includes a range of activities to help promote confidence, social skills and independent living, including cooking, travel training, handling money and cookery.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, added: “I’m delighted with this achievement for the service and the feedback it has received from external assessors. This inspection reiterates the great service and support the team are delivering, tailored to the different needs of individuals, along with a range of outcomes being achieved for the users too.”