Autism Somerset e-bulletin April 2014

Dear colleague,

Please find below a digest of selected news headlines and forthcoming events from the Autism Somerset website at

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Latest news

  • County Council Learning Disabilities Provider Services – Planning for the future
    Please note this event is now fully booked. Those of you who have booked into this event are reminded that it will take place at 10am on Friday 02 May at the Canalside, Huntworth, Bridgwater, TA6 6LQ. Read more »
  • “Moving On” Transition Roadshow
    Following very successful events in the past it has been decided to hold a "Moving On" Transition Roadshow on 14 May 2014 at Fiveways School. Any student Year 9 and above with a statement of special educational needs and their family within South Somerset and the surrounding area, as well as young adults who have recently left education, are invited. Read more »
  • Think Autism – adult autism strategy
    The new autism strategy 'Think Autism' sets out a clear programme that government departments will be taking to improve the lives of people with autism, primarily through taking actions that will support local authorities, the NHS, other public services and their partners with their local implementation work. Read more »
  • New partner for Autism Somerset
    This month we offer a warm welcome to Michael Shepherd who joins Autism Somerset as Honorary Partnerships Consultant. Read more »
  • Books about Asperger syndrome available on prescription in Somerset
    A new range of books to help young people improve their health and happiness are now available through the Books On Prescription scheme in Somerset. Read more »
  • Distance learning courses from Somerset College
    Somerset College is offering a range of interesting distance learning courses for 2014. These include courses leading to qualifications in mental health. Read more »
  • SINePost e-bulletin, April 2014
    This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on Child Health Profiles, Distance Travelled to Work data, Child Benefit Opt-Out and Climate. Read more »
  • May’s autism friendly films
    Tarzan 2D and Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy are the Autism Friendly films being shown in May at Cineworld, Odeon, Vue and Showcase cinemas. Read more »
  • Diversity Voice
    The community website at includes an interactive forum for children and young people, teachers and parents. Read more »
  • Learning Exchange Network
    This provider-led network aims to encourage learning, development, training and information sharing, discussion and support. Find out more about forthcoming network sessions across the South West. Read more »
  • Delegating children’s social care functions
    The Department for Education is consulting on proposals to broaden the range of local authority children’s social care functions that can be delivered through a third party provider. Read more »
  • Have your say on CQC inspections
    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking people who use and run health and adult social care services for views on the regulator’s plans for inspecting and rating care services. Read more »
  • Adult Learners’ Week 2014
    Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of lifelong learning, encompassing the Adult Learners’ Week awards, “have a go” taster events, parliamentary reception, and other activities such as a national policy conference. Read more »
  • Adult safeguarding for housing staff
    This guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence aims to improve communication and joint working between housing staff and their safeguarding partners, particularly local authority social care staff with safeguarding responsibilities. Read more »
  • How safe are our children? 2014
    This report published by the NSPCC sets out 20 different indicators which explore the question of 'how safe are our children?' from a different perspective. It also includes a section summarising the factors that influence a child's risk of abuse or neglect. Read more »

Forthcoming LOCAL EVENTS

  • Compass Carers Conference
    1 May 2014
    Canalside Conference Venue, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6LQ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Preparing for Adulthood
    12 May 2014
    Fry's Somerdale Lodge, Keynsham, BS31 2AU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Inclusive Communication Environments (ICE) Induction
    13 May 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism Awarenes
    13 May 2014
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • NAS Avon Branch Meeting
    13 May 2014
    Rose Green Centre, 65 Gordon Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7DR
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • “Moving On” Transition Roadshow
    14 May 2014
    Fiveways School, Victoria Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 5AZ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Sensory Processing Challenges in Everyday Life
    21 May 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Social thinking, 3 Day Course with Michelle Garcia Winner
    9 June 2014
    The Grand Thistle Hotel, Broad St, Bristol, BS1 2EL
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Managing Difficult Situations - A Workshop for Carers
    12 June 2014
    Foundation House, Wellsprings Rd, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 7PQ
    Read more » | Map of venue


  • State of Caring Conference
    7 May 2014
    Bloomsbury, London, WC1
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Tackling Long-Term Conditions: Coordinating Care, Delivering Improvements
    29 May 2014
    Cavendish Conference Centre, Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism Show 2014, London
    13-14 June 2014
    ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock 1, Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism Show 2014, Manchester
    27-28 June 2014
    EventCity, Phoenix Way, Barton Dock Rd, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism and Learning Disabilities: Lessons from research, policy and practice
    1 July 2014
    Venue: Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Improving autism care and delivering the revised national strategy
    15 July 2014
    Central London
    Read more » | Map of venue

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