New resources for social workers supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities - including during the Covid-19 pandemic

Social workers in all fields of practice need to work with autistic adults and adults with learning disability, whether frequently or from time to time, but access to professional development in this field is limited.

The latest resources from the British Association for Social Workers (BASW) and our partners the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) will help social workers, employers and educators to co-produce relevant, effective learning and development opportunities, in partnership with people with lived experience.

There are two sets of resources discussed in this webinar:

  • working with autistic adults
  • working with adults with learning disability

Each set includes:

  • Practice toolkits for social workers including: information sheets about the role of social workers to share with people who use services and their families; top tips from people with lived experience; induction resources; reflection checklist; and videos featuring people with lived experience.
  • Resources for people with lived experience: These resources are designed to be used by autistic adults and/or people with learning disabilities to enable them to act as ‘critical friends’ to social workers and their organisations. They include feedback resources focusing on their experience of social work, and easy read material explaining how to use the resources.
  • Self-evaluation tool for organisations to enable them to check their policies, procedures and practice to ensure they support the development of social workers’ capabilities and take a human-rights and person-centred approach.
  • Post-graduate curriculum outlines for higher education institutions, including how to develop a modular, blended-learning approach.

The implementation resources have been developed with the support of a cross-sector Advisory Group, including people with lived experience of autism and learning disability, social workers, their employers and educators.