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AET Project Brief – Youth Council and Parents

AET Project brief - Youth Council and Parents

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The Autism Education Trust believes that all children and young people with autism* should receive an education which enables them to reach their individual potential to engage in society as active citizens (and that individuals, families and professionals are informed, supported and equipped to enable this to be achieved).
*The term autism refers to all those on the autistic spectrum including Asperger syndrome

Strategic aims

AET strategic aims

To ensure that the voice of young people with autism and their families is strengthened and continues to play an important part in the work of the AET and its work helps inform them.

Audiences and methodology 
The participation worker must be able to work directly with children and young people with autism and their families and carers, whether at their place of education or in meetings.  They should be able to work using a wide range of communication methods. with people across the breadth of the autism spectrum from autism with learning disabilities to Asperger Syndrome and High functioning Autism.  They will also be in a position to advise the AET on the best way to develop its participation strategy and ways to impact on delivery of the work of the AET.

Deliverables, phases and stages:
Phase 1: Review AET Participation. Review existing Policy, capture examples of good practice and make recommendations for resourcing and Youth Council membership and parental involvement by 1st February 2013.

Phase 2: Proposal and Launch. Recommend practical improvements by extending range of existing range of stakeholders and process and plan re-launch of AET Youth Council in Summer Term 2013 with itemised options for costing to be considered by Programme Board in February 2013 – date to be confirmed.

Phase 3: Progress Report. Write a report detailing the contributions from the AET Youth Council to date by 15th February 2013.

Phase 4: Contribution Recognition letter. Write update / information letter to existing Youth Council Members detailing the impact of their involvement to date by 28th February 2013.

Phase 5: AET Inclusion Guide. Collect together existing good practice and recommendation into a new inclusion guide for the AET to include the wider stakeholder groups of autism and LDD and parents by 31st March 2013.

What should be included?
The Youth Council and Parents Participation Worker should make full use of existing AET resources, and pieces of work, looking at them specifically with a view to increasing the involvement of children and young people further in the work of the AET.

  1.    AET Standards
  2.    AET Competency Framework
  3.    The Den - an interactive place for young people
  4.    Diagnosis DVD
  5.    Youth Council Films
  6.    100% Awesomes – Peer Awareness Programme
  7.    AET Research

Necessary elements
  1.    Reviewed by stakeholders
    a.    Expert Reference Group
    b.    Youth Council
    c.    At least one Parents Group / Network
  2.    Piloted through AET training hubs

  1.    Using consultation with stakeholders to confirm the most effective promotional channels
  2.    Using the organisations’ communications channel to publicise the work and the AET programme.

Key Information:
The inclusion of children and young people with autism and their families is a central part of the AET strategy.  It should run through each of the activities if the AET as detailed in the current programme of activities.

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It is therefore expected that the bidder chosen will work very closely with hubs trainers, youth council members and members of the AET Programme Board and Expert Reference Group.

What key skills / capabilities are important to us?
•    A clear understanding of inclusive practice and participation of young people with autism and their families and carers.
•    Ground-breaking inclusion practice
•    Thorough knowledge of a range of consultation mechanisms (e.g. Online forums, Autism Bulletin Boards and Networks e.g. Network Autism, Talk about Autism, focus groups)
•    Thorough knowledge of a range of groups for young people and adults with autism including members of the autism rights movement and parents’ groups.
•    Track record in working for and with people across the spectrum, whether they have High Functioning Autism / Aspergers Syndrome or have classical autism with or without other learning difficulties. (Although this can  be provided by a partner organisation to the bidder)
•    Ability to understand the wider policy framework including the current broader context for education CPD
•    Bidders should state where their research team includes researchers with autism and how their skills will be used in this work.

The maximum budget for this piece of work is £12k including VAT and expenses.

It is assumed that the NAS will wish to deliver this work as has been the case in the past. If this is the case, no brief tender proforma is required.

If this is not the case, the AET will open the work up to wider competition to find an external supplier.  In which case, all timescales will need considerable revision. In that event, organisations who are interested in competing for this work should complete the brief tender proforma which details how they would address this remit and what particular skills and expertise they bring. This document will be assessed by a panel delegated by the AET Programme Board who will select the successful bidder.

Please apply by e-mail to Sarah-Jane Critchley by Monday 7th January 2013.

For an overview of the AET, please download the AET Presentation.

Please also see the rest of the AET website at

Relevant Documents
1.  Assessment criteria for parents and youth participation
1.  Report on Young People’s participation in the AET by Sarah Best
2.  AET Presentation
3.  AET Good Practice report
4.  AET Outcomes report
5.  AET Autism Education National Standards
6.  AET Competency Framework