Council falters in reviewing autistic man’s care plan

  • After Knowsley council failed to properly plan and review the accommodation of a man living with autism, it has been ordered to pay £1,000 to his parents.

    According to Community Care:

    "The ruling was made by the Local Government Ombudsman after the man's mother complained that his physical and mental health deteriorated in the two-year period after another man, Mr Y, moved into the supported accommodation where he lived.

    ...His mother says problems began earlier and that he was portrayed as the perpetrator in safeguarding reports but was retaliating against Mr Y's behaviour towards him.

    Mr Y did move out of the house in later while Mr X was being assessed in hospital.

    The mother of Mr X complained to the ombudsman that her son's health had deteriorated largely because of the council's decision to let Mr Y moved in with him.

    ...She also had concerns that support staff might be giving her son too much medication to control his behaviour, which was making him feel worse, and that his activities had been stopped.

    She said her own mental health had deteriorated from watching her son suffer."

    The ombudsman found that the council failed to have a support plan relevant to where Mr X (the autisic man) was living, only carried out one annual review which did not consider whether his needs had changed, and did not do additional reviews following changes in his needs and circumstances.

    It also failed to formally assess his capacity to make specific decisions or to ensure actions taken were in his best interests.

    The watchdog therefore ordered the council to pay £500 to the man's mother for her distress and £500 to his father to be spent on activities or equipment for Mr X.

    It said proper support planning and review by the council might have meant his behaviour and changing circumstances were addressed earlier.

    The ombudsman said Knowsley council should also undertake regular reviews of Mr X's support assessment and support plan in his new placement; check and address any restrictions in his freedom which could be considered a deprivation of liberty.

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