Referral and admission

Referrals are accepted from the authority that will fund the placement. The authority will be asked to send through relevant information which will be reviewed to ensure that one of our services may be in a position to positively address the needs of the referred person.

route to referral imagePeople referred to our schools, colleges and children's services must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and be assessed in person before admission, to ascertain whether their needs can be met by the provision.

This Pre-admission Assessment is carried out by one of the assessment teams from our schools, colleges and children's services and can include members of our clinical, care management and education teams. They will arrange to meet the person and as many people centrally involved in their lives and direct care and education as possible to assess their needs. This is the start of the child-centred planning process that ensures each person is treated as an individual.

Emergency placements: In emergency situations we aim to be flexible and responsive and will tailor our admission process to reflect the needs of each person.

If it is felt that one of our services is the best option for the individual, the authority will be informed and a contract written. Hesley Group primarily uses the National Schools Contract (NASS) for placements within our schools, colleges and children's services.  Information on what is/is not provided within our standard fee is issued as an appendix with the contract.

The transition process will be managed by a senior manager from the relevant service who will work with the person, their family/carers and the authority that will fund the place, to ensure the move is properly planned and managed and that the best interests of the person are properly met.

After reaching 18 years of age, people can stay on in the children’s home pending their next move. A full risk assessment and evaluation of their daily routine is, however, undertaken to ensure their residence in the children’s home has no adverse effect on the children and people under the age of 18 also living there, while continuing to meet their own needs.

After 18 years of age, placements become transitional, and increased links are made with the appropriate adult service, while the person continues in their last year of education in the school setting. Every effort is made through the Education and Looked After Children reviews to find the most appropriate next placement, before the person leaves school.

On a limited number of occasions, the person might stay in the children’s home after 19 years of age until an appropriate adult placement is found.

We recognise that moves can be difficult for families, parents and carers too. We seek to understand and value family input and insights into this process, as a vital part of supporting the best transitions possible.

We would be delighted to welcome you should you wish to visit our any of our services to find out more about this process and to ask any questions. Please give us a call on freephone 0800 055 6789.