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Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 14 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What training exists to ensure that employment support workers take account of the needs of people with autism. [HL5379]

Although Access to Work provides funding for support workers, the actual support is provided by external companies or organisations. Training for support workers is therefore the responsibility of their employer rather than Jobcentre Plus. Access to Work advisers work with the customer, and where appropriate external assessors, to identify the exact requirements for support, including the level of expertise or knowledge that the support worker should have. The funding agreed for each individual reflects this and Access to Work encourages individuals to procure support from suitably qualified people.