19th March 2010
The meeting began with updates from Viv Cooper and Kate Hardy (DoH) who updated members on progress with the Valuing People Delivery Plan and the Autism Strategy respectively. Updates were also provided by the steering group on CB-NSG actions completed since the last meeting in November.
Jan (family carer) shared her son Andrew's experiences, highlighting the impact of restrictive practices and service failures in the education system as well as the positive impact of personalised, local support with the use of a direct payment. Following this, CB-NSG members began action planning on three more topics from the charter:
In the final presentation of the day Professor Tony Holland (Cambridge University) spoke on the topic of understanding a person’s challenging behaviour, emphasising the need for a holistic approach including appropriate assessment and treatment of physical and mental health.