Transforming Care for Faaris

Faaris was living in hospital long-term when it wasn't necessary. Advocacy helped him to move on.

“Faaris had long been ready to move on from the Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU) where he was living. His ATU was away from his family and staff at the unit agree that Faaris should have moved on years ago. But the local authority were doing nothing and the home staff weren't able to challenge the situation strongly.

I was able to step in to work out what was going on and what could be done to help Faaris. I was able to put pressure on the local authority and fought for Faaris' rights. Now Faaris is, finally, moving into a suitable placement, nearer his mum and dad and Faaris couldn't be happier.” – VoiceAbility advocate

Faaris, 28, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and a learning disability. He is a cheerful and energetic and has huge enthusiasm for the things he likes and wants to do, making friends with everyone he meets. Faaris has been living in a residential ATU for a long time now and desparately wants to move on.

Faaris feels that he has been ready to move to a more independent setting, back to his home area to be nearer to his mum and dad for a long time, with nothing happening. Staff at his unit have supported Faaris to raise this in his Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings with his social worker, but there has never been any action taken by the local authority.

When the VoiceAbility advocate first met with Faaris, they discussed the issue of him moving on with staff to find out the background of the situation. The advocate then contacted the social worker prior to the next CPA and briefed him that the matter would be raised, and that further action needed to be taken.

Faaris, supported by his advocate, went into his CPA meeting and spoke about what he wanted to do, asking questions about why he had not been allowed to move before. Staff members were asked for their opinion and they agreed that Faaris should have been supported to move on some time ago. Faaris' advocate made sure that the social worker took notice of the main issue, with specific actions timetabled for progress.

Over the next few months, Faaris' advocate liaised with the social worker and Faaris, keeping up reasonable pressure to make sure that progress was being made.  

Soon, a placement was found, and a transition meeting and assessment arranged.

Faaris has now visited the new placement, liked it very much, and it has been agreed that he will be able to move very soon. Faaris is happy and excited that his wish has finally become a reality, and he has been highly animated and expressive about it.

Faaris had been stuck in limbo in his ATU; ready to move on but with nowhere to go. Staff at the ATU were sympathetic, but unable to help Faaris fight for the change he needed.

With an advocate fighting for him, Faaris can now finally move on with his life.