Referring social workers

Referring social workers

Since May 2016, referrals for secure welfare placements have been made through the Secure Coordination Unit (SCU).

The SCU has been created to provide a dedicated single point of contact for secure welfare placements and streamline the process of finding the most suitable placement matching the individual needs of each young person needing secure care.

All available options for each young person are considered, enabling informed decisions about the most appropriate placement.

Please use the SCU process and form to make an application for a young person or email

The SCU can be contacted on 01962 846432 for more information on secure welfare placements.

If you have any follow-up queries please call Atkinson on 01392 457999.

Our Devon procedures

Referring social workers should also refer to the procedure that applies to children placed in secure accommodation in Devon.

The policy contents include:

  1. Purpose of Secure Accommodation Reviews
  2. Timing of Secure Accommodation Reviews
  3. Chairing of Secure Accommodation Reviews
  4. Secure Accommodation Review Panel
  5. Arranging a Secure Accommodation Review Panel
  6. Preparation for Secure Accommodation Reviews
  7. Conducting the Secure Accommodation Review
  8. After the Secure Accommodation Review

Here at Atkinson, we understand that placing a young person in a secure environment can be a challenging and stressful process both for the young person and the professionals who are caring for them. That’s why we aim to provide a professional and supportive service that guides everyone through the process.

As one of England’s leading welfare-only secure children’s homes, Atkinson has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge relating to Section 25 Welfare Orders.