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Placements for people  attending REACCH are largely funded by social care following a social care assessment.

A social care assessment will need to be requested if there has been no social care funding previously in place. An adult social care assessment from the age of 18 years of age onwards, takes the form of an interview at home using a specific set of questions which establishes if an adult on the autism spectrum requires support in terms of daily living needs, access to community activities to reduce social isolation or support towards possible employability or other relevant activities.

Some young people on the autism spectrum after their education funding has come to an end still require support as described above. An adult on the autism spectrum or their parent/ designated advocate can request a social care assessment by phoning or emailing their local adult social care services and asking for a social care assessment.

If the social care assessment identifies that a young person or adult meets the criteria for support to be put in place, then a direct payments account is often set up for funding to be allocated into monthly. Usually a parent or designated advocate/carer will operate the account once a plan is put in place. Sometimes a young person or adult is requested to pay a manageable contribution per month into their direct payments account to offset the social care costs required for their support. REACCH then invoices or sets up a weekly payment scheme with the family to pay for the adult to attend and gain from REACCH services using their social care budget.

In some circumstances, social care via the social care assessment will consider commissioning REACCH for an individual person and in these circumstances REACCH invoices adult social care directly for the payments required.

Social Workers will review the REACCH placement for an adult both with the person themselves, their family and with REACCH to check on progress and continuity of the placement and the funding. This review process ensures that there is accountability, and the adult receives what they need from REACCH.

If you require local contact details or further information about social care assessments and funding via direct payments, please click here.


Education placements can be available at REACCH if a young person has an EHCP and funding has been agreed by the young person’s Local Education Authority (LEA) using funding from DFEE or SEN funding. Please note these placements are now limited at REACCH and most placements are funded through adult social care and the social care assessment route.


Please Note -Before working on obtaining funding from any source please speak to REACCH to ensure that REACCH has a placement space available.

Please Note – People can attend REACCH from the age of 18 years and there is no upper age limit.

Please Note – REACCH is only open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and placements can vary from short visit sessions, a day a week, two days a week or three days a week depending on need and availability at REACCH.

If you would like to complete an initial referral form please click here

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