Child Protection for the Autistic Child - A Resource
What happens if your child leaves Care?
This blog gives information on your child's rights. There are also a number of very positive changes in the pipeline to strengthen careleaver's entitlements including those of young people who are vulnerable and refuse support. See http://www.coramvoice.org.uk/sites/default/files/Sorted%20Supported_Full.pdf
It is extremely important that a careleaver's Pathway Plan meets all their needs. The Independent Reviewing Officer should be working to ensure that your child’s rights are respected. NICE guidance (see below) has no statutory force and the Autism Act applies to adults (so care leavers/transition planning) although all may not be familiar with it and may need reminding,
Children in Care are entitled to Advocates. If your child has an Advocate, they need to have had prior experience of advocating for autistic children. As a minimum they need to be able to assess and meet communication needs of an autistic child.
Issues around confidentiality are very difficult to negotiate in my experience. See Letter to my son's SW.
It is worth battling to the best of your ability to get a good support package for your child by asking to meet the Independent Reviewing Officer having first spoken to your child's school about what they think would help moving forward. Any reports you can bring about health needs can be very useful in helping the IRO understand what needs to be included in your child's plan. Confirm everything agreed in writing including handing over reports , ideally with timescales for any agreed actions and follow up politely, reminding professionals if timescales are not being met.
It is worth reading this report - many of the same issues may apply?