For each referral the centre receives, a risk assessment will be carried out to find out if the centre can meet the needs of the family being referred and that accepting the referral will not disrupt the stability of the families already living in the centre. The centre will ensure a pre-placement planning meeting is held before admission. On admission the centre will hold a placement planning meeting within 72hrs with the placing authority and the parents.
For all planned admissions, Chariteens and the referring agency, usually social services will make arrangements for the family to visit the centre prior to admission if they so wish.
A placement planning meeting is held prior to the placement or on the day of the placement. This is to agree an individual programme for the family (family placement plan) based on the placing authority’s assessment of the needs and should identify the purpose and scope of the residential assessment of parenting skill and capacity and any support the centre will provide.
The centre will arrange with the placing authority a review of the placement within 72 hours. This is to assess if the placement is suitable for the family and if not to move the family to a more suitable placement. The views and wishes of the family regarding the placement are also taken into consideration.
During the parents’ stay, staffs promote contact with their families, siblings, significant others.
Staff are also expected to provide appropriate support to families to acquire skills that will help them care safely for their children and promote their welfare after leaving the centre (post residential), e.g. parenting skills, emotional resilience and self-esteem.