The following outlines the processes for managing the arrival of families who are relocating due to risk.
The Director of Children’s Services (DSC) and / or Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) or a designated person, are informed by the UKPPS when a family is relocating into their area. They will not be informed where from, or the reasons for the relocation other than to remove or minimise a significant risk to the family / individual. Within this meeting they will establish any prior service or agency needs, including the provision of universal (eg Education) and specialist (eg Social Care) services which should be continued once they have relocated. The DCS and / or DASS will be informed as to who the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) is for the UKPPS, and should identify and allocate a Local Authority Single Point of Contact (SPOC). The SPOCs will manage the information sharing process and act as a conduit between the services within the two areas.
Based on identified need for services the Local Authority SPOC will liaise with services in relation to required information / documentation, and request this from the UKPPS SPOC. The UKPPS SPOC will then liaise with services within the previous authority and obtain sanitised copies of information / documentation and pass through to the new authority via the Local Authority SPOC. The Local Authority SPOC should keep a record of requested information and documents and when these have been received, along with records of when they have been passed onto relevant agencies. These records should be kept confidential and should not identify the Local Authority area where records are coming from.
Should a family unit who is relocating have both children and an adult with care and support needs within it, consideration should be given for a joint meeting with the DCS and DASS, the identification of a single Local Authority SPOC and undertaking these processes in tandem, and within a Think Family Work Family approach.