Choices acknowledge that moving to a new home can often be a stressful and difficult experience for young people and their families.
Our admission procedure has been designed to minimise as much as possible the anxieties surrounding a move and whenever possible we prefer to conduct a thorough transitional arrangement.
The following is our preferred method of admission.
Following initial contact by the placing social worker there will be a general discussion regarding the young person and the services available at the time. We may request copies of relevant reports, chronology etc to assist our initial assessment. If both parties feel that Choices may benefit a young person the case holding Social Worker and/or Placement Officer is invited to inspect the proposed home, interview the staff team and satisfy themselves as to the suitability of our service.
Unless already received we will require sight of the young persons client file including Psychologist’s report, chronology of the young person’s life, and detail of his/her behavioural characteristics. This will allow us to make a further assessment of the needs of the young person and consider the level of resources required.
An indication of fee costs will be made.
Should the Placing Authority and Choices agree to take matters further a visit to the young person (and where appropriate his/her family) will be arranged. This will enable us to get to know the young person and his/her interests and preferences and allow us opportunity to discuss any apprehensions associated with the move.
A risk assessment will be formalised shortly after the visit and outcomes agreed with Social Services.
The Fee level will be confirmed at this time along with any additional services specified, the contract document prepared and a date set for admittance of the young person.
Wherever possible a visit will be arranged for the young person and their family to familiarise themselves with the home and the staff team prior to admittance.
If you would like to make a referral to Choices please complete the form below or alternatively for further details regarding the services we offer, please contact :
Susan Mackay or Gavin Mackay
Telephone: 0161 456 8423