Our referral process
Referrals are accepted from social workers, statutory agents. Young people between the ages of 8 to 16 on admissions. Parents over 16 years+ and children up to 7 years’ old will be considered.
Contact us to make a referral – we do accept emergency referrals after completion of a impact assessment.
We aim to give you a decision within 24-hours
Accept the offer of placement and arrange for the young person / family to join Northridge. We time allows we welcome a visit to our home / centre prior to admission.
Before we accept
The care and wellbeing of children and their parents is paramount. Before we accept a placement, we will discuss the assessing requirements with the referring authority to ensure that Northridge is the right fit for the young person / family. We also carry out an impact assessment looking at the needs of the young people / families currently living in a Northridge Care service and the needs of the young person / family being referred.
Our assessments within the Residential Family Centre
Our parenting assessments help determine the long-term living arrangements for children. Placements are between 12- 20 weeks and are designed to suit the needs of each family. Our team of qualified staff and registered Social Workers will carry out evidence based PAMs assessments and pre-birth assessments (led by the courts). This model ensures all reports are robust, fair, and based on the family’s specific needs.
The assessments determine whether a parent can respond to their child’s needs, keep them safe and promote their welfare. The assessments cover areas such as:
- Practical parenting skills, childcare and development
- Relationships, support and building a family unit
- Health, wellbeing and self-care
- Safety & hygiene
- Independent living skills
- Behaviour management