Secure care

Admission process


Admission to secure care can be a frightening and extremely difficult experience for children, young people and their families:

“It’s hard when you come in and you don’t know anybody and it’s all like too much at once to get your head round it all” (Gough, 2017, p.18).

It is crucial they are informed and prepared as far as possible ahead of admission.

A child or young person may be admitted initially to the assessment unit or a house unit. The young person’s parent/guardian and/or Lead Professional should be present on admission to ensure the child or young person has someone they know with them to support them through this process (Gough, 2016).

Arrangements should be made by secure care staff for the child or young person to:

The child or young person’s social worker should: