Initial liaison between ‘first’ and ‘second’ authority for cross-border placements
Step two of four
Once the placement has been agreed in principle between the placing authority and the adult (or someone on their behalf) and a potential provider has been identified, the authority should immediately contact the authority in whose area the placement will be made.
In doing so, the first authority should:
- confirm its intention to make a cross-border placement
- provide a provisional start date
- give details of the proposed care provider
- seek the second authority’s views on the suitability of the proposed accommodation and provider.
The second authority has no power to ‘block’ a placement, as the first authority makes arrangements directly with the provider. If the second authority does raise objections, all reasonable steps should be taken by the first authority to resolve the issues concerned before making the placement.
Following the initial contact (and provided no obstacles have been identified), the first authority should write to the second confirming the conclusions of the discussions and setting out a timetable for the placement.
The first authority should proceed as it would for any placement. For instance, it should:
- inform the provider of the intention to move
- confirm that the person agrees to the plans and arrangements
- notify family, carers or friends as appropriate.