Autism/Learning Disability Training to Become Mandatory

Oliver McGowan died in 2016 – he had Mild Autism, a Learning Disability and Epilepsy. Since then, reviews and consultations have taken place, which have highlighted that Oliver’s death was potentially avoidable. Alongside the reviews and consultations, Oliver’s mother led a tireless campaign, which focused on access to training for social care and NHS staff. As a result of the findings, the government have announced their support in ensuring that Autism and Learning disability training becomes mandatory for all Social Care and NHS staff.

Providing mandatory training in these areas aims to improve the quality of care and life expectancy of those with Autism and/or Learning Disability. Training criteria is currently being developed and will then be trialled. It is expected that the training will become mandatory sometime after April 2021. It is also likely that there will be a need to introduce an amendment to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (regulated activities) 2014, to enable the training to become mandatory.

It is expected that the training will cover the following areas:

  • An understanding of Autism and Learning Disability and how they differ
  • The skills required to support someone living with Autism/learning disability
  • Relevant Legislations
  • Reasonable adjustments needed to support living with Autism/learning disability

It is then expected that staff will build on this training where it is particularly relevant to their role.

Redcrier Publications Ltd provides training on both Autism and Learning disability within our Silver box and eBox systems, which currently meet the criteria above.

We will of course update this training as and when more information about the mandatory training is available and will keep you posted should any of the above change.

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