Source: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)


Social workers need to identify particular care and support needs of autistic adults and to ensure that, through working closely with the person, they can tailor support that meets their needs. 

Having good person-centred conversations that explore strengths and differences can empower autistic adults to make informed decisions about their care and support.

This quick guide, which is based on research evidence, supports social workers to work with each person to develop a personalised plan, based on an accurate picture of their strengths, wishes and needs, including any sensory differences.

The guide covers:

  • Working together
  • Identifying care and support needs
  • Tailored support


View the SCIE/NICE quick guide, join an upcoming webinar or learn more with SCIE’s autism resources.

» Read: Upcoming webinar: Enabling positive care fo autistic adults – 20th February

» Read: Enabling positive care for autistic adults 


Dementia and housing: Updated resource

The quality of life for someone living with dementia is affected by where and how they live. The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 (2015) states that, by 2020 there needs to be an increase in the number of people with dementia being able to live longer in their own homes when it is in their interest to do so, with a greater focus on independent living.

Two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community in a range of different housing types. Most live in mainstream housing, with a third living on their own.  

The British Standards Institute and the Alzheimer’s Society have developed a Code of Practice for the housing sector. It identifies key areas that will help to support people living with dementia. They include:

  • adaptations, built environment, design and access to outdoor space
  • assistive technologies, including telecare
  • training of all staff in the housing sector


Learn more with SCIE’s updated resource on supporting wellbeing and independence for those with dementia by clicking below:

» Dementia and housing resources


A guideline from NICE for practitioners

This guideline will help practitioners to identify adults who are caring for someone and to ensure that they have the right information and support. It covers carers’ assessments; practical, emotional and social support; training and support for carers providing end of life care.

» Click here to access the guideline