Toolkit for Autism Inclusive Youth Work

Working with our members and Borders Additional Needs Group (BANG), YouthBorders convened a steering group of youth workers in the Scottish Borders to curate a toolkit for autism inclusive youth work.
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The toolkit shares useful resources which offer practical support and guidance on how to make youth work services more autism inclusive. These resources include information on:
  • effective and supported transitions
  • communication
  • parental engagement
  • relationships
  • sexual health and puberty
The toolkit contains case studies offering examples of inclusive youth work practice within youth clubs in the Scottish Borders; and features some films created by the Branching Out Youth Project. The toolkit has been developed for youth workers by youth workers, with each resource within the toolkit being peer reviewed and recommended by youth work practitioners.

The toolkit project is a result of a partnership between YouthBorders and Borders Additional Needs Group (BANG) to improve the availability of youth services for autistic young people in the Scottish Borders.  The toolkit is one part of a larger project which has enabled the creation of the ‘Branching Out Youth Group’ for independent young people with additional support needs; and the toolkit includes new films created by young people.  The project has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.  

The toolkit will be regularly updated with new content and training offered throughout the year to support your learning.

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