FOI Request Autism Training Team

Request 101001473351

1. What were the original goals and targets of the Autism Training Team project and how does this link in with Moray's Autism Strategy and the Scottish Autism Strategy?

2. When was the original funding for the project decided?

i) What was the start date of the project/funding?

ii) Who applied for the original funding?

iii) How long was this funding for?

3. Where has the subsequent funding come from, and who applied for it?

i) What were the conditions for this additional funding?

4. How was the Equality impact of the project assessed?

i) What records are there for this?

5. Is this the only Autism Training offered by Moray Council for employees and services in Moray?

6. Is training compulsory for all employees/service providers to achieve the target of the Moray Autism Strategy that all services provided or funded by the Local Authority and National Health Service in Moray are Autism Aware?

7. If Moray Council or the National Health Service are not providing Autism Training, how will they fulfil the above element (all services are Autism Aware) of the Moray Autism Strategy?

8. If the Autism Training Team is to transfer to another organisation, what type of organisation can this be?

i) Is it only a third sector organisation?

9. How will the incoming employer under a TUPE transfer be chosen?

i) What criteria will be used?

ii) Who will make the final decision?

iii) When does the decision have to be made?

10. Who can be involved in the decision to transfer the Autism Training Team?

11. What investigation into the long-term potential and past activity of the incoming employer will be undertaken?

12. Does the incoming employer have to have offered autism training before?

13. Where will the opportunity to take over the Autism Training Team be advertised? Will it just be with tsiMoray?

i) Does the incoming employer have to be a member of tsiMoray?

14. If an incoming employer is a SCIO will a search of the trustees/members and accounts be undertaken?

i) Will that be available to all stakeholders including carers? (Under the rules of the OSCR this information is available.)

15. What will be the role of the Autism Partnership Board in the transfer of the Autism Training Team?

16. Where are the remaining minutes and agendas for the Autism Partnership Board Meetings?

17. What procedures are in place to monitor the Moray Autism Strategy? In particular, checking that all elements of the strategy, including those provided by third sector organisations, are actually taking place as represented in the Moray Action Plan.

18. In those areas that there has been no progress towards the aims of the Moray Autism Strategy, what happens?

19. Where are the EIAs for all the policies and organisational changes that happen within the MCHSCP, MIJB and the Moray Autism Strategy published?

Response 27-04-2017

1. The original outcomes were:

1. To deliver an integrated training programme for a range of staff, including front line staff, managers, services users and carers, and staff from other relevant agencies.

2. To actively promote information and knowledge about autism for the community with some emphasis on potential employers

3. To support people with autism to realise their potential through citizen leadership

4. To develop the autism service and acquire accreditation within three years.

These were directly linked to the Autism Strategy 2011-2014 when submitted in December 2012.

2. i) The start date for the funding was 2012/13, funding was approved by the Scottish Government in 2013, however, it was not started in earnest until 13/14.

ii) The application was a joint proposal by Moray Council, NHS Grampian, and Quarriers.

iii) The original funding was a grant from the Scottish Government for three years, beginning in 2012/13. Funding was for 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. As there was slippage and we had not achieved the objectives, the Scottish Government allowed the project to go into a fourth year 2015/16.

3. i) The subsequent funding was provided by the Integration Joint Board (IJB) through the Integration fund. It was applied for by the Autism Partnership to give the project the opportunity to move into the third/private sector using a sustainable model. The funding was for 12 months as part of the exit strategy and was only a 1 year funding package.

4.An Equality Impact Assessment was completed in relation to the Strategy 2011-2014.

5. Moray Council has a training department which will deliver training in relation to the needs assessed. The Autism training team, although housed within the training team, are providing a specific project as per the funding application. It would be for each department to assess and resource autism training if they felt it was a requirement.

6. The training is not compulsory as there is no statutory requirement in this area; however, it is good practice to promote an organisation which is Autism aware.

7. Training can be sourced if required and there will be online training available which any person can access. Autism Awareness is not mandatory for most positions.

8. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

9. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

10. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

11. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

12. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

13. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

14. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

15. The Autism Training Team no longer exists as the project was terminated, no information regarding this is held therefore this is exempt under Section  17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

16. The Moray Autism partnership web page has links to minutes and agendas; please see http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_83798.html.

17. The strategy will be reviewed on a regular basis by the lead officers and the Integration Joint Board who took over the strategic planning of adult health and social care Moray on the 1st of April 2016.  They will direct the review of the strategy and any associated actions going forward within the context of many competing demands and finite resources.

18. It would be recorded and taken forward by the lead officer. A full and up to date picture of the short, intermediate and long term goals was addressed at the last Partnership Meeting.

19. Any policy and organisational changes that happen within the MCHSCP, MIJB and the Moray Autism Strategy that are submitted to Committee (Health and Social Care Services Committee, ceased 31/3/16, Integration Joint Board). All reports can be accessed online on http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_39823.html   for all council committees and on http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_104355.html  for all Integration Joint Board meetings.

Each report has a summary of implications, which includes an equalities section. If there are implications that are not addressed in the report an equality impact assessment is attached as an appendix. The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 do not prescribe what form an equality impact assessment should take. It states that due regard to the general duty is needed. The extent to which this is done is dependent on the principles of relevance and proportionality to the duty.

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