Access to Carer's Assessments for carers of those with Asperger Syndrome / HF Autism.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Essex County Council Social Services,

It remains impossible for most carers of those with High Functioning Autism / Asperger Syndrome to obtain the Carers Assessment to which they are - in theory - entitled.

Carers see plenty of glossy publications about the "vision" for Carers etc and plenty of other teasing , taunting "window dressing", but there is no practical reality of assessment and then support. This has become yet another "mythical beast" for such carers. Like a mirage in the desert, it looks all nice and promising and reassuring, and then shimmers into NOTHING AT ALL when you get closer to it.

Have a look here ...

http://www.essexcc.gov.uk/vip8/ecc/ECCWe...

It looks great doesn't it? Everybody who reads it must think Carers are well cared for themselves. Wrong.

So how do people get one? (I never could, despite being stressed again and again beyond belief and almost beyond endurance in the past.)

I know of someone who actually eventually got one, but there was no follow-up, and the carer is still living in fear re the future re her adult child with HF autism..

Why is Asperger Syndrome and HF Autism as a real need SO COMPLETELY IGNORED AND NEGLECTED in Essex?

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

Essex County Council

Dear Ms Smith,

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request received
on 23rd March 2010. I am pleased to provide the following
information which I believe satisfies your request.

I believe that through your request, you are asking about the
process for obtaining a carers assessment within Essex County
Council Adult Social Care. This is the information I have provided.

The following link will take you through to the Essex County
Council website, where we have published information around carers
within the Adult Health and Community Wellbeing Directorate.

http://www.essexcc.gov.uk/vip8/ecc/ECCWe...

You may also contact our Adult Social Care Direct Team, who would
obtain further information from yourself in order to best provide
assistance where possible. They can be contacted on 0845 603 7630

You may reuse all or part of this information free of charge in any
format or medium. You must reuse it accurately and not in a
misleading context. The material must be acknowledged as Essex
County Council copyright and you must give the title of the source
document/publication where applicable.

If you are not satisfied with my response to your request, please
let me know. If I am unable to resolve the issue immediately, I
will explain our complaints procedure.

If, after following our complaints procedure, you are still not
satisfied, you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to
review our decision. You can contact him at Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545700.

Many thanks,

Francesca Driver Your Right To Know

Essex County Council | County Hall (C210) | Phone: 0845 7430 430 |
Email: [Essex County Council request email]

Dear Essex County Council,

Thank you for your response, but ...

No, I am referring to what ACTUALLY happens, not to the glossy publicity and window dressing.

Plus, if people are actually "lucky" enough to get a Carer's Assessment, they get scant or no help / support.

I would like to see any documents relating to why this sorry state of affairs might be, particularly in the case of carers of those with autism / Asperger Syndrome.

I would like to see where it has been decided not to help such carers, and to know why.

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Essex County Council

Dear Ms Smith,

Further to the clarification requested from yourself on the 20th
March 2010.. I am pleased to provide the following information
which I believe satisfies your request to documentation around the
carers assessment process.

Please find below information on literature/ website information
regarding carer assessments.

Essex County Council Carers Page covering assessment request:

http://www.essexcc.gov.uk/vip8/ecc/ECCWe...

Essex County Council Carers Page covering carers direct payment
support:

http://www.essexcc.gov.uk/vip8/ecc/ECCWe...

As stated in the above links, all Essex residents who identify
themselves as carers have the right to request a carer assessment.
Support given from the identified needs from a carer assessment can
be in the following forms:

Advice and information Carer direct service Carer break

Carers support is met through different formats depending on the
identified eligible needs of the cared for person and the carer.

Legislative guidance that drives Essex response to carers support:

Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 –

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/en/...

Essex County Council has a duty to provide carer assessment under
the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 CHAPTER 12. An Act
to provide for the assessment of the ability of carers to provide
care; and for connected purposes:

http://195.99.1.70/acts/acts1995/Ukpga_1...

Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 -2004 CHAPTER 15:

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/ukp...

Due to the nature that each carers and service users circumstance
is different, we would be unable to comment further in relation to
documents which we hold. Again I would also advise for tailed
advice and information on any specific circumstance that you may
have to contact our Adult Social Care Direct Team, who would obtain
further information from yourself in order to best provide
assistance where possible. They can be contacted on 0845 603 7630

You may reuse all or part of this information free of charge in any
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If you are not satisfied with my response to your request, please
let me know. If I am unable to resolve the issue immediately, I
will explain our complaints procedure.

If, after following our complaints procedure, you are still not
satisfied, you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to
review our decision. You can contact him at Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545700.

Francesca Driver Your Right To Know

Essex County Council | County Hall (C210) | Phone: 0845 7430 430 |

Dear Essex County Council,

Thank you for your response. Again it is only theory and window dressing. On the ground, there are many with autism and their carers who cannot access any help.

Please can you provide me with statistic as to who approaches you for a Carers Assessment.
How many approach overall, and by what means? Letter, form, phone?

How many of these are by someone caring for someone with with autism?

How many - of each category of applicants - are successsful?

I have forwarded your response to this FOI request to other carers for their responses.

I will therefore get back to you.

Why is it thought appropriate to hold a Carer's Assessment (or Direct Payments assessment) OVER THE 'PHONE?

- Autism is a hidden complex disability outside of mainstream experience that needs a lot of explaining by a carer.

- The needs of someone with Autism are hard to express by someone who IS autistic, even "high-functioning" autistic people are extremely vulnerable, with chronic anxiety, as it is a language, communication and social disability, amongst other things, They find on-the-spot phone interviews very stressful.

- and where the assessor inevitably isn't trained in autism issues, doesn't know anything about it, and only seems able to relate to physical or blatently obvious disabilities.

- Or the interviewer focuses on non-autistic conditions that co-occur with autism or occur as a result of lack of support of the autism itself - depression, suicidal thoughts, OCD, eating disorders, anxiety etc.

I am not sure if you will be able to provide any statistics, as phone calls can conveniently be forgotten, even repeated desperate ones.

We often hear of people in Social Services who have little experience of dealing with those with autism or their carers.

This being the case how can they then make informed decisions saying the applicant doesn't fulfil the criteria e.g for Direct Payments.

WHAT criteria? Please supply these.

I have heard that Essex Social Care Direct is ignoring Essex County Council directives.
Is this true?

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Dear Essex County Council,

I received this from a parent in response to your reply to me.

"I recently had a social services assessment to see if I can get a carer for my son - and they said that I do not fit the criteria due to the fact that his needs are more behaviourial than a physical disability.

They suggested a charity called C........ - which I got some information from - they wanted £195 up front for admin and finders fee, plus I had to pay for a CRB check, and then still privately fund (or use my son's disability allowance) for an hourly rate of approx £10-£15 per hour.
Again, we don't fit into the criteria for direct payments either.

I totally agree with your correspondence ..." (small edit here) "... and the authorities give the impression of helping us, but for the likes of my son and myself - there is no help unless you put your hand into your pocket.

I can't get Carers Allowance as my husband earns over their criteria limit. Probably like a lot of your members I (we) struggle to find suitable carers to give some kind of respite. I was looking for someone to look after my son during the day and not over night respites.

I am sure other people are in the same situation, and it's very frustrating.

I also spoke a while back to "Aiming High" (Essex County Council) - again - the response wasn't very good because apparently Aspergers people dont fit their criteria."

I hear this sort of thing from parents over and over and over again. I also know it from my own experience.

The practise does not bear out the theory.

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

Essex County Council

Dear Ms Smith,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Essex County Council on 15 April.

As this request is asking for new information, we are treating this
as a new request.

In order to identify and locate the information, please let me know
if this request relates to children services as well as adult
services?

Please contact me if you would like further advice or assistance
about your request or your right to access information held by
Essex County Council.

If you are not satisfied with my response to your request, please
let me know. If I am unable to resolve the issue immediately, I
will explain our complaints procedure.

If, after following our complaints procedure, you are still not
satisfied, you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to
review our decision. You can contact him at Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545700.

Kind Regards, Stephen Hassett

Informatics Officer Adults Health and Community Wellbeing Essex
County Council | telephone: 01245 434829 | extension: 40829 |
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Dear Essex County Council,

Yes, children's services. I just checked with Mum, who says:

"I suppose he accesses children services - but thats a laughable word - as i have found them to be useless.
He is registered with Childrens centre in ........., under a consultant (who is very helpful).

He has had a social worker (lovely person) but you could tell that she understood our situation, but criteria doesnt fit - her hands tied. I strongly feel she wanted to help - but knew the system to well.

Currently under Child Family Consultation, i am having very mixed feelings with them at the moment - i asked the clinical psychologists what help is there for respite - she struggled to answer. I replied all i need is a regular hassle free break, even if its once a month for a few hours, that i, my husband, siblings can look forward to having a breather, and gain strength - she suggested charities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rang Aiming High for Disabled Children - and they said it needed to be referred from social worker etc, but as he doesnt fit the criteria unlikely he get some help. Again because their disbility is classed as an emotional one, it doesnt tick their boxes.

NAS - has a befriending service - so that parents can get some "me time" but they have a very long waiting list and even then it doesnt gurantee you a befriender - well there is the surprise because Essex CC dont provide one.

Dont even get me started in the educational area :)))))))))))))))))))))))))) "

This is a "hot off the press" snapshot of a TYPICAL situation NOW. You can see that help is just not available. I hear the same story repeated over and over by parents, who are often in tears as they tell it.

It has been going on for different families all over Essex for YEARS, and nobody has wanted to listen to them, or do anything about it, leaving vulnerable children and their families to suffer.

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Essex County Council

Dear Ms [P. Smith]

Your Freedom of Information Request:

Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Essex County Council on 5th May 2010.

Your request is covered by the Freedom of Information Act, under
which we must respond within 20 working days.

We will determine and let you know whether we hold the information
you have requested and consider whether it is exempt from
disclosure. Under certain circumstances we may charge for providing
information, but we will let you know before we do any work that
would incur a charge.

Please contact me if you would like further advice or assistance
about your request or your right to access information held by
Essex County Council.

Yours sincerely

Kim Acreman

Information Access Officer

Schools, Children and Families

Essex County Council | telephone: 08457 430430 email:
[email address]

Dear Essex County Council,

Thank you I look forward to a full response.

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Dear Essex County Council,

Is the proper reply & genuinely useful information nearly ready yet?

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

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    FOI Request Number of Carers Assessments Contact Method and Source Type 2.xls

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Dear Mrs Smith,

I am pleased to enclose the following information, which I believe
satisfies your request:

For Adult Social Care please find attached information which details
contact methods, Source type and Assessment type with the respective
number with them, also we have the totals of contacts which progress to a
Carers Assessment.  Unfortunately we are unable to provide information of
how many of these are from someone who is caring for someone with Autism,
as we do not hold this information.

The information requested is not currently held by Children’s Services, so
I am unable to provide this to you.

You may reuse all or part of this information free of charge in any format
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you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to review our
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Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545700.

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Dear Your Right To Know,

Re: "Unfortunately we are unable to provide information of how many of these are from someone who is caring for someone with Autism, as we do not hold this information."

Where is it going so very badly wrong for carers of those with autism / Aspergers?

Why aren't they getting the Carers Assessmants / help / support that they have a right to, and which is actually publicised as being available to them, when in reality, it isn't???

How is it then proposed to ensure in the future that someone caring for someone with autism gets access to a carer's assessment?

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Have Your Say SCF, Essex County Council

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Re: e.g.: "Each referral is considered on its individual merit and

     the specific needs of each child is evidenced by professionals in

     support of the referral".

    

     This sort of response is very vague. It tells us nothing at all,

     and does not answer my questions. It leaves a lot to trust.

    

     And you call yourself: "Your right to know??????" !!!!

    

     This seems to be the standard style of response given by Essex

     departments, (the Post 16 Transport Department says exactly the

     same sort of thing - "Each case is decided on an individual basis")

     - Smokescreen!!!

    

     Is this standard practise to give such replies?

    

     This is not information, this is evasion, and flies in the face of

     FOI.

    

     There must exist more exact answers than this. Surely you have more

     exact descriptions of difficulty within each population of children

     (relating to my questions), for your own monitoring purposes?

    

     Or does the education department not do any self-evaluation

     exercises for fear of what it will highlight? For fear re facing up

     to the terrible mental and educational damage the education system

     does to autistic children?

    

     Does the stress and depression of vulnerable children and their

     parents not register on the collective conscience of Essex CC

     Education?

    

     The education department needs to do an audit to check the impact

     of mainstream school on the mental health of children with autism.

    

     How many times will people like me have to ask these questions? It

     is simply not good enough.

    

     Mainstream school can simply be torture for autistic children. You

     KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE.

 

 

Dear Ms Smith,

 

We apologise for the delay in responding to you.  We have consulted with
the relevant departments and can provide you with a response as follows:

 

Question 1

 

The Children’s Support Service (which is the provider of education for
anxious school refusers) has developed, with the Educational Psychology
Service, a Screening and Assessment Tool, which adopts a very ‘holistic’
approach towards screening and assessing any child that enters the
service. 

 

This is an in-depth screening system, which involves the family and would
definitely pick up any concerns around the possibility of ASD.    The
child is then tracked and monitored very closely on a weekly basis in our
centres, and this system, Learning, Attendance, Behaviour and Safeguarding
Panels (LABS) links behaviour and attendance to whole school learning and
outcomes.  It also tracks the impact of any previous or ongoing actions,
and feeds into whole school developments and awareness of differing needs.
    This approach will be rolled out to all CSS centres over the coming
year, and mainstream schools will also be adopting this or a similar
approach, along with key colleagues within School Improvement and Early
Years. 

 

Question 2

There will be a number of children identified as anxious school refusers
who are on the autistic spectrum; it is the role of the Children’s Support
Service to work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that
appropriate provision is identified.

 

Question 3

The number of permanent exclusions in Essex has been reduced year on year
with a significant decline in those pupils with a statement of SEN. 
However, there will be children on the autistic spectrum who have been
permanently excluded.  Other, as previously explained, refers to children
who move into Essex and have not been allocated a school place; they are
temporarily taught by the Children’s Support Service whilst awaiting a
permanent placement.

 

Question 4

We are confident that the tools that we are developing within CSS will
enable us to correctly identify a pupil’s needs and respond appropriately.

 

Question 5

The Children’s Support Service works very closely with the children and
their families following referral. We monitor cohorts of need through the
LABS meetings to identify appropriate provision.

 

Question 6

The CSS is responsible for working with anxious school refusers and
children who have been permanently excluded from school.

 

We agree that some of our ‘anxious’ school refusers could be on the
Autistic Spectrum.  The term ‘anxious’ is a categorisation term that is
used by the government, and the term alone, could indicate that some young
people are on the Autistic Spectrum.  

 

The whole way in which the CSS works with schools and develops provision
for vulnerable groups and builds capacity for ASD and other vulnerable
groups, has and is being transformed via the CSS remodelling process.   
Pauline Edwards would be happy to discuss these approaches further with
[P. Smith] face to face, as a dialogue would be necessary; a colleague from
SENCAN would also be able to join a meeting in September if this is felt
to be useful by Pat.  SENCAN would be better placed to give views on how
their staff, screen, assess and build capacity in schools.

 

Also attached for your reference is a document from the CSS.

 

I hope that this response answers your concerns.  However, if you remain
dissatisfied you should contact the Customer Care Manager, Essex County
Council, Schools, Children and Families Service, PO Box 297, County Hall,
Chelmsford CM1 1YS within 28 days of this letter.  You will be asked to
explain your outstanding concerns and will be given advice about any
further steps that can be taken to address your concerns, which in some
circumstances may include a formal investigation under the complaints
procedure.

 

 

 

 

Have Your Say

Customer Care Team

 

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Dear Have Your Say SCF,

I received this response to your reply from a parent:

" Hi Pat, Thanks for this updated link

I am not impressed by their response, actually i am seething probably like other parents that read the link.

They do not answer - why aspergers sufferers - are not recognised that in a lot of cases it is emotional and behavioural difficulties that parents wish to have a short break from, these children are not delinquent socially inapt people, these children are struggling with their disability - a hidden one as we don't push them around in wheelchairs, but mentally and physically we do as parents.

I am perplexed to yet figure out that under the equality acts - why essex county council not abiding by the law - as my aspergers son who is apparently not eligible for "respite care". As his disability is obviously not perceived as one.

Hope your enjoying the summer

Regards "

Do you have any response for her?

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Have Your Say SCF, Essex County Council

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We are not able to take comments made by a third party to progress your
case to the next stage of the Authority's complaints procedure.

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Dear Have Your Say SCF,

Re: "We are not able to take comments made by a third party to progress your case to the next stage of the Authority's complaints procedure."

That was not the intention. It's about obtaining information, not about making a fuss for no valid reason.

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Have Your Say SCF, Essex County Council

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Dear Have Your Say SCF,

Re the latest edition of Essex' "Connecting Carers" magazine.

It's a good idea to have a magazine that gives information to Carers in Essex, and there are a couple of useful relevant bits of information, BUT the latest edition spends several pages patronising Essex Carers in telling them how to eat well, keep warm, and stay fit, and there's even a bit about the progression of the Olympic Games flame.

These are the least of a Carer's worries, and their enforced self-neglect / ill-health results from a lack of proper assessments and support from government both national and local, also from local obstructiveness and denial, NOT from being uninformed about how to stay healthy. These pages seem a waste of innocent trees.

How much does "Connecting Carers" cost to produce? I do not wish to see it cut, but would like to read in it's pages more relevant and useful information to hard-pressed carers. If it's going to be fluff and window dressing / publicity for ECC / token gestures, please scrap it, to save trees - and please put the money towards better, much needed services.

Proper assessments and services would negate the need for such articles, and for such a magazine.

http://www.essex.gov.uk/Health-Social-Ca...

Please could you provide the figures for carers assessments for both general carers across Essex, but particularly for those caring for someone with autism of any kind in the last 5 years, and the outcomes.

Please include requests for assessments both telephone and written and emailed that were denied at the outset.

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Have Your Say SCF, Essex County Council

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Dear Have Your Say SCF,

I have passed on the link to the Connecting Carers magazine(s) to carer friends, just a couple of minutes ago, and immediately this comment has came back:

"so patronising - they don't have a clue".

I look forward to your response,

Kind regards,

[P. Smith]

Have Your Say SCF, Essex County Council

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Dear Have Your Say SCF,

Another response has just come in:

(I haven't edited either quote.)

"and that is where our carers break money goes probably, publishing rubbish".

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]

Have Your Say SCF, Essex County Council

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Dear Ms Smith,
 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received by Essex
County Council on 5th January 2012.

 

We will determine and let you know whether we hold the information you
have requested and consider whether it is exempt from disclosure.  Under
certain circumstances we may charge for providing information, but we will
let you know before we do any work that would incur a charge.

 

Your request is covered by the Freedom of Information Act, under which we
must respond within 20 working days.

 

I believe that this is a new request for information and is therefore not
an internal review of a previous request received by Essex County Council.

 

Please contact me if you would like further advice or assistance about
your request or your right to access information held by Essex County
Council.

 

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Dear Ms Smith,

 

Please find the attached letter and appendix in response to your Freedom
of Information requested on 5^th January 2012.

 

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Dear ASC Information Governance,

Thank you for your response.

Is autism going to be made a separate category / reason for assessment on your list from now on?

Yours sincerely,

[P. Smith]