Secure Children’s Homes and their strategic body, the Secure Accommodation Network (SAN), supported by the Department for Education (DfE) have been working hard to improve accessibility to the specialist services provided by Secure Children’s Homes. The National Secure Welfare Commissioning Unit has been created to provide a dedicated single point of contact for secure welfare placements and streamline the process of finding the most suitable placement matching the individual needs of each young person needing secure care. This significantly reduces the time taken to place a young person in the most suitable accommodation.
A major benefit of the unit is that detailed information from all the Secure Children’s Homes, including each home’s specialisms, and the young people placed in them will be held in one place. This has the advantage of ensuring that all options for a young person can be considered enabling informed decisions about the most appropriate placement for them.
The National Secure Welfare Commissioning Unit will maintain up to date availability information across all Secure Children’s Homes providing secure welfare care. The centralized unit will also be able to gain a much clearer understanding of the volume, demand and need profile of young people needing secure welfare accommodation. The unit will collect data on all aspects of referrals for young people and the outcomes of those referrals, including where there have been challenges to making placements. This coordinated information will be shared with the sector for its strategic development and will ultimately support Ministers to make decisions on the future of the sector.
The National Secure Welfare Commissioning Unit is a small, dedicated team committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all children needing secure placements. The team has a wealth of collective experience within the social care sector enabling it to provide an efficient high quality national service. It will provide a single point of contact between those with the responsibility for placing young people into secure care and the Secure Children’s Homes.
The National Secure Welfare Commissioning Unit went live on the 16th May 2016 and all referrals should now be made to the unit rather than approaching the Secure Children’s Homes directly. The unit can be contacted on 01962 846432.
Please refer back to this Secure Children’s Homes website over the next couple of weeks as it will be updated to include more information about the National Secure Welfare Commissioning Unit and the updated referrals process.