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Allocation of Work for Homeless 16/17 Worker

RELATED CHAPTER

Initial Contacts and Referrals Procedure

AMENDMENT

In November 2018, this chapter was updated throughout in line with local practice and terminology.


Contents

1. Introduction
2. Referral Process
  2.1 Young Person Self-Referral
  2.2 Referrals made by other agencies
  2.3 Referrals made by the Early Help Team for a young person at risk of homelessness
  2.4 Referrals made by the Early Help Team for a young person who is homeless
  2.5 Referrals made by Safeguarding and Care Planning (S&CP) and Edge of Care Team
  2.6 Referrals made by the Looked After Team (LAC)


1. Introduction

The Assessment and Intervention (A&I) includes a homeless 16/17 year old worker. The function of this role is to support young people aged 16 or 17 who are at risk of becoming homeless and help identify accommodation for young people aged 16 or 17 who are homeless.


2. Referral Process

2.1 Young Person Self-Referral

Young person can present to the civic centre and request to speak to the Homeless 16/17 worker to seek advice and support. This service is for young people who do not already have an allocated social worker.

Any advice provided during these sessions to a young person at risk of homelessness will be recorded on the young person's ESCR under 'Homeless Prevention – Advice'.

If ongoing support is required to prevent the young person from becoming homeless the homeless 16/17 worker will add a contact/referral to the ESCR to enable the case to be allocated. All interventions undertaken following this will be recorded on the young person's ESCR under 'Homeless Prevention – Intervention'.

If a young person presents that is homeless the homeless 16/17 worker will add a contact/referral to the ESCR to enable the case to be allocated. All interventions undertaken following this will be recorded on the young person's ESCR under 'Homeless Prevention – Case Record'. Any young person that is homeless must be allocated a social worker to enable a CIN assessment to be completed. The contact/referral must clearly identify that the young person is currently homeless and a CIN assessment is required. If the young person declines to consent to a CIN assessment, support will continue to be offered by the homeless 16/17 worker and a CAF opened on the young person’s electronic file.

2.2 Referrals made by other agencies

If another agency is aware of a young person aged 16 or 17 who is homeless or at risk of homelessness they should initially make the young person aware of the young person self referral process (see Section 2.1, Young Person Self-Referral) to enable them to access immediate support.

They should then seek permission from the young person to make a referral to CSC to enable the appropriate support to be provided. The referral form can be found at www.gateshead.gov.uk and can be e-mailed to: R&Aduty@gateshead.gov.uk.cjsm.net.

Any referral made by another agency for a young person who has an allocated social worker will be forwarded to the relevant team.

Any referral received regarding a young person who is homeless must be allocated to a social worker to enable a CIN assessment to be completed. If the case is already allocated a CIN assessment must be completed to assess whether the young person needs to become Looked After.

Once the young person is deemed to no longer be at risk of homelessness or alternative accommodation is found the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will cease being involved. The Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will add a Homeless Closure Summary to Carefirst.

2.3 Referrals made by the Early Help Team for a young person at risk of homelessness

If a case is already open to the Early Help Team and they become aware of a young person aged 16 or 17 who is at risk of homelessness the allocated worker must liaise with the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer located within the A&I. If it is agreed that the young person is at risk of homelessness the EH worker will complete a contact/referral record and reassign this to EV2 stating clearly what support is required. The case responsibility will remain with the EH team with the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer allocated as co-worker.

The role of the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer is to provide support to prevent the young person from becoming homeless. The allocated worker will continue to provide all other support.

Once the young person is deemed to no longer be at risk of homelessness the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will cease being involved. The Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will add a Homeless Closure Summary to Carefirst.

2.4 Referrals made by the Early Help Team for a young person who is homeless

If a case is already open to the EH team and they become aware of a young person aged 16 or 17 who is homeless the allocated worker must liaise with the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer located within the A&I. If it is agreed that the young person is homeless the EH worker will complete a contact/referral record and reassign this to EV2. Any young person that is homeless must be allocated a social worker to enable a CIN assessment to be completed. The contact/referral must clearly identify that the young person is currently homeless and a CIN assessment is required.

This case will be allocated to a social worker within the A&I and the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will become the co-worker.

The role of the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer is to provide support to look at alternative accommodation if the young person is homeless. The allocated social worker will continue to provide all other support.

Once alternative accommodation is found the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will cease being involved. The Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will add a Homeless Closure Summary to Carefirst.

2.5 Referrals made by Safeguarding and Care Planning (S&CP) and Edge of Care Team

If a case is already open to the Safeguarding and Care Planning or Edge of Care Team and they become aware of a young person aged 16 or 17 who is homeless or at risk of homelessness the allocated social worker must liaise with the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer located within the A&I. If it is agreed that the young person is homeless or at risk of homelessness the Safeguarding and Care Planning social worker will complete a contact/referral record and reassign this to EV2 stating clearly what support is required. The case responsibility will remain with Safeguarding and Care Planning with the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer allocated as co-worker.

A CIN assessment must be completed by the allocated social worker for any case where a young person aged 16 or 17 is homeless or at risk of homelessness to assess whether the young person needs to become Looked After.

The role of the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer is to provide support to prevent the young person from becoming homeless or to look at alternative accommodation if the young person is homeless. The allocated social worker will continue to provide all other support.

Once the young person is deemed to no longer be at risk of homelessness or alternative accommodation is found the Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will cease being involved. The Youth Homelessness Prevention Officer will add a Homeless Closure Summary to Carefirst.

2.6 Referrals made by the Looked After Team (LAC)

The Looked After Teams have provision to meet the needs of a young person aged 16 or 17 who is homeless or who is at risk of homelessness.

If a case is already open to the Looked After Team and they become aware of a young person aged 16 or 17 who is homeless or at risk of homelessness the allocated social worker will continue to provide all relevant support. The case responsibility will remain with the Looked After Team.

Please note: for the Homeless 16/17 prevention worker to be able to offer support, the referrer must be clear that the young person is outside of statutory school age.

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