Our placements and admissions process
On the receipt of a referral into the home, it is the responsibility of the manager to make an informed and fair decision as to whether or not Pelican will be able to meet the needs of the young person. Several factors will influence this decision – the most vital being if is going to benefit the child to reside with us.
Once that decision has been made, the manager will liaise with the allocated social worker, a pre-placement meeting will be arranged, and a plan moving forward will be mutually agreed upon.
On arrival the young person will be warmly welcomed. They are introduced to staff as and when the staff are on duty. They will be shown their bedroom and given the chance to unpack, and to take in their surroundings. The child will be given a welcome pack containing all the essentials, e.g. toiletries.
It is then time to be given a full tour of the home, shown all the facilities, where the communal areas are and also the outside space.
Time will be given to them to get acquainted with their designated keyworker – their first port of call for anything. They will have the opportunity to meet other young people living at the home.
Every effort will be made to ensure the young person is made to feel welcome and is able to settle in as quickly as possible. We know their arrival may be causing them distress, anxiety and fear. We are always patient and accept there may be teething problems, and, at times, things do not always go smoothly. Throughout we remain visible should they have any concerns, questions or would like to raise any issues.
- Young people with low self-esteem and self-confidence
- Young people who display challenging behaviours
- Young people without a stable educational background
- Young people who have experienced placement breakdown
- Sibling groups
- Any core assessment information
- Young People at risk of sexual exploitation
It is imperative that each young person is placed into the most appropriate surroundings to cater for his/her needs. This will be a crucial time for them and is vital that they are placed in the most pertinent setting to enable them to achieve positive outcomes. This will also assist to maintain the success of each home. If you have a referral, where possible, please provide us with a chronology of events for the young person including:
- Any previous placement history
- Behaviour and education history,
- Any involvement with other agencies/professional
- Previous review reports/LAC reports
Striving to deliver the highest standard of care