The Vulnerable People Team is multi-disciplinary and is made up of two social workers, a senior support worker, an occupational therapist and an occupational therapy assistant. The Leaving Care Personal Assistants also make up part of the team; their role is to ensure that young people do not leave care until they are ready and that they receive more effective support once they have left.
In addition, the team work very closely with colleagues in the Drug and Alcohol team, the Mental Health teams including support workers. They also work very closely with Housing services and welfare rights department.
People within the team are committed to working with vulnerable people and provide emotional and practical support which will assist the individuals to achieve outcomes which are important to them. The team works in partnership with others to promote and enhance and where necessary, protect the social wellbeing and safety of individuals, families and communities. Their work involves the discharge of statutory responsibilities and making decisions that can affect people’s human rights and civil liberties.
Professionals or members of the public can phone in and make a referral. If you require the support of the team for yourself or somebody else, you need to contact Single Point of Access.
Anyone from the age of 16 who presents with issues of vulnerability. This can include;
- Issues with finances or debts
- Risk of eviction and/ or homelessness
- Difficulties with managing on a day to day basis
- Support for those persons leaving prison
The team also supports those individuals who have been declined support from other services because they do not have a formal diagnosis and do not meet their criteria. They also support those persons who have been in receipt of traditional statutory services but these services have failed as they do not meet the complex needs of the individual.
The team also supports those individuals who are ‘care leavers’ and are planning the transition into adulthood. Although these individuals will be allocated a personal advisor the team are involved in the preparatory work with these advisors.
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