Welfare Secure Placement Unit

Welfare secure placement unit

The Secure Welfare Coordination Unit (SWCU) is a small unit grant funded by the Department for Education (DfE) for the purposes of administering placements and collecting data on secure welfare. It is not a legal entity and therefore does not have a Director. The SWCU provides a transparent, dedicated single point of contact for local authorities in England and Wales, to arrange secure welfare placements and streamline the process of finding the most suitable placement matching the individual needs of each young person needing secure care. The SWCU is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all children needing secure placements. Data from the Secure Children’s Homes is collected by the SWCU on a daily basis. Referrals are then sent to homes if a secure place is available. The home will then indicate whether they can accept the young person.

The unit operates Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:00 with a voice mail facility for out of hours updating on the daily bed availability.

Further information about the unit can be found here.

A draft copy of the referral form can be found here.

Unit contact details

Tel: 01962 846432

Email: securewelfarecommissioning@hants.gcsx.gov.uk

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