How do I refer to Beacon House under the Adoption Support Fund?
In order to access the fund, your child will need to have an assessment of adoption support needs carried out by the local authority. The local authority that placed your child with you is responsible for assessing their needs for three years after the adoption order. Following an adoption support assessment, the local authority can then make a referral to Beacon House. When we receive a referral, we will:
- Review the information to ensure we are able to offer what is being asked for
- Provide an estimate of costs to the social worker for an initial therapeutic needs assessment, which they will submit to the ASF.
- Get in touch with the parent/carer to offer an ‘introductory conversation’ and explain what will happen next.
Once the ASF has approved the funds (which usually takes around 4-6 weeks), we can introduce the family to a specialist therapist in the team and our therapeutic needs assessment will begin.
Our ASF assessments take around 6-8 weeks to complete and they follow the description you can find on our Developmental Trauma page. At the end of the assessment (which we see as the first ‘chapter’ of our work together) we will share with the family our formulation of the difficulties, and collaboratively discuss the intervention plan.
A further request for funds is then made to the ASF via the local authority, and once approved (around 4 weeks later), therapy can begin as soon as we have availability. To see a flow diagram of the referral process and timescales, take a look here.