The Secure Welfare Co-ordination Unit went live on the 16th May 2016 within England. From the 2nd October 2017 Welsh local authorities will also be able to access the services it provides when seeking a place for a child in a secure children’s home in England or Wales. This follows representations from All Wales Heads of Children’s Services (AWHOCS), via the Children’s Residential Care Task and Finish Group, and an offer by the UK Government’s Department for Education to extend the unit’s remit to include referrals from Wales.
All referrals should be made to the SCWU rather than approaching the Secure Children’s Homes directly. The unit can be contacted on 01962 846432.