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Placements, Referrals & Admissions

Emergency Placements

In addition to planned referrals, we will consider emergency placements if that young person is viewed as appropriate for the home and the mix of existing residents.

Arrangements are then made with the social worker to collect the young person, a member of My Choice team is available if appropriate.

The procedures for admissions are as follows:

Acceptance
Directors and the Operations Manager accept referrals via email or phone calls to head
office. a.hyland@my-choice-homes.com or d.ives@my-choice-homes.com
Consultation
Initial phone consultation and information shared between professionals, and via email.
Information
The Senior Manager at My Choice coordinating the referral will request detailed written
information, for example referral form from the local authority.
Assessment
If the referral is assessed as appropriate the information is then shared with the manager
of the home where the vacancy is based.
Suitability
Homes manager and the Senior Manager from head office agree if the placement is suitable and
the outcome is then feedback to the local authority. This process is within the same day of
the referral.
Providers Response
Detailed providers response form is completed by the Senior Manager at My Choice and emailed
to the local authority, outlining the provision and how the home will ensure the young persons
needs are met.
Confirmation
Confirmation is then received from the local authority clarifying placement.
My Choice Visit
The plan at this stage is then to agree for a member of My Choice team to visit the young
person. This is part of their admission plan.
Young Person Visit
If appropriate or instead of, we then arrange for the young person to visit the home.
Risk Assessments
The manager and staff at the home will then complete risk assessments, initial strategies
and 24 hour management program. This is supported by the manager, social worker and
individuals at the young persons current placement liaising to ensure the most up to date
information is recorded and assessed.
Preparation
That information is disseminated through to the staff team and teaching staff to ensure they
are fully prepared.
Informed
The current young people at the home are informed and given appropriate information.
Decoration
During this period and following meeting the young person prior to placement, their personal
choices are reflected in their new bedroom. It is redecorated and can include poster, pictures
and magazines of their choice. The room is equipped to a high standard. We also provide a
welcome pack, which includes, young person guide, toiletries, towels, books etc.
Assignment
A keyworker is then assigned to the young person and the Working file is set up.
Placement Planning
Finally the placement planning meeting is arranged at the home.