Partnership

The Sheffield Autism Partnership

Following the council’s “autism summit” in May 2015, a number of individuals and groups with a direct interest in improving information, opportunities and services for the autistic community in Sheffield (including members of Sheffield Autistic Society) have been working in different ways with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to try to make progress in line with the Autism Act (2009) and the National Strategy on Autism.

We include people with autistic spectrum conditions, family members, carers and professionals who want  to “do something” about what has long been a severely neglected issue in Sheffield.

There have been working groups on Employment, and on Autism Training, Awareness and Information. (See lower down on this page for minutes etc of the meetings of these groups.)

A public consultation / survey about proposals for the formal establishment of an Autism Partnership and an Autism Partnership Board in Sheffield was held during the period December 2016 to February 2017. A summary of the public response to the survey is available here: Autism Partnership Survey report .

Having considered the responses to the survey, the Autism Partnership planning group, at their meeting on 22nd May, adopted as a first stage a set of draft proposals about the ‘next steps’ for the partnership in Sheffield.

This means that Sheffield now has an Autism Partnership Board, in accordance with the Department of Health Statutory Guidance on adult autism. The board will work to improve the provision of services and support for autistic adults and their families in Sheffield, including young autistic persons in transition to adulthood.

See here for the full text of the proposals: Draft Sheffield APB Next Steps  adopted at the meeting, but note that the draft terms of reference for the board have not yet been agreed and are still to be finalised.

Full minutes of the meeting of 22nd May will be published on this page, as soon as they are available.

For a list of downloadable Sheffield Autism Partnership key documents click here

The agenda and minutes of recent meetings of the Sheffield Autism Partnership Steering Group can be seen here:
Agenda Autism Partnership Meeting 22nd May 2017
Agenda Autism Partnership Steering Group Meeting 27th March 2017
Minutes Autism Partnership Steering Group Meeting 27th March 2017
Agenda Autism Partnership Planning Meeting 30th January 2017
Autism Partnership Planning Meeting 30th January 2017 – Amended minutes
Agenda Autism Partnership Planning Meeting 5th December 2016
Minutes Autism Partnership Planning Meeting 5th December 2016
Agenda Autism Partnership Planning Meeting 10th October 2016
Autism Partnership Planning Meeting 10th October 2016 Notes
Agenda Autism partnership Sept 2016 final
Autism Partnership Planning Meeting 9th September 2016 Notes
Autism Partnership Meeting 11th July 2016 Draft Notes
Autism Partnership meeting 10th May 2016 – Notes

Working Group on Employment

The Autism Partnership Working Group on Employment has been considering issues about employment and how to improve employment opportunities in Sheffield for people with autistic spectrum conditions. Sylvia Johnson, the leader of this group has provided a summary of some of the recent work of this group. See the Working Group on Employment page.

Click on the links below to download minutes of meetings of the Working Group on Employment:

Notes from Employment Group Meeting 2nd May 2017
Notes from Employment Meeting March  2017
Notes from Employment Group Meeting 10th January 2017
Notes-from-the-Employment-Group-Meeting-08 Nov 2016

Working Group on Training, Awareness and Information

The aim of this group is to look at how we can improve Autism Awareness in the City.
We hope to come up with some key actions for progressing this area, with recommendations on how these can be achieved. The group is led by Emily Morton of Disability Sheffield.

Click on the links below to download minutes of meetings of the Working Group on Training, Awareness and Information:

Autism Partnership Training Workstream Update March 2017
Agenda 16th Jan 2017 Autism Training Meeting
Autism Training Workstream Minutes of Meeting 16th January 2017