Who publishes the SAF?
The Department of Health (DoH) publishes the SAF and sends it to Directors of Adult Social Services for a response. The responses are collated and analysed by Public Health England before being shared more widely.
Who contributes to the SAF?
Local Authorities are asked to co-ordinate local responses, seeking views from local partners across health, employment, and criminal justice.
Composition of the SAF
The SAF focuses on 129 questions, covering nine themes. It asks local authorities and their partners to rate their progress using a combination of:
- red, amber, green (RAG rated)
- number responses
- narrative responses.
There are 12 sections to complete:
- Contact details
- Diagnosis led by the local NHS Commissioner
- Care and support
- Housing and accommodation
- Criminal justice system
- Local innovations
- Completion details
- Final submission details
Why is the SAF important?
The SAF ensures local partnership groups review their current progress in implementing the Autism Strategy guidance. It also helps them to identify future priorities in conjunction with their health partners, other key organisations and with local autistic people and their families.
The SAF also allows the government to monitor the progress of the national strategy being met around the country.
The SAF submission deadline was 10 December 2018.
Lambeth Council submitted our Self-Assessment Framework on time and now await publication. Overall, we had a positive rating and continue to work towards the Think Autism Strategy.