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There is increasing awareness that autistic people may be at higher risk of homelessness. This has not previously been recognised, and as a result services may not be meeting the different needs of autistic people experiencing homelessness.

This course will explore the different kinds of autism in this spectrum and different behaviours and complexities that homelessness staff supporting autistic individuals may encounter. Emphasising a person-centred, strength-based approach, it covers relevant policy, legal frameworks, current service provision and how to work effectively with people who are known to be autistic or who staff think could be autistic.

Who is this course for?

Frontline staff in the homelessness or supported housing sector working with people who have, or appear to have, an autistic spectrum disorder. This course does not require any prior knowledge of autism. 

What will you learn?

Through this course, your team will gain:

  • Information about what Autism is and how it may present. This includes the challenges and vulnerabilities the condition may present for the person and those who support them.
  • Awareness that this is a ‘spectrum’ condition which can vary greatly in how it is presented in people
  • Guidance on the good practice and current policy and legal framework relating to those on the autistic spectrum and who are homeless.
  • Awareness of the particular impacts autism may have on a person who is experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • Information and guidance for young people on the autistic spectrum including best practice in communicating with people with autism.
  • An opportunity for staff to reflect and learn from practice based examples

How will it be delivered?

This one-day course can be booked for a team of up to 16 for in-person training or up to 20 for online training.

If you need something different, we can tailor the course delivery to suit you, with some potential adjustments in cost.

How much will it cost?

Non-members: £1,400

Members: £990

Please note, if you're opting for in-person training, the expenses of the trainer (e.g. travel to your location) will be added to your invoice.

We are a social enterprise so choosing training with us not only equips your team with vital skills but also fuels impactful research and campaigns, so every purchase goes back into ending homelessness.

Ready to take the next step?

To book or if you'd like to find out more:

Email: training@homelesslink.org.uk
​Call: James at 07375 042 815 or Hannah at 07939 967 209

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