Every centre will have an established referral process and this will be slightly different at every centre so it is always worth checking with them to be sure.

A typical process might look similar to the outline below:

  1. Referral form completed and sent to centre.
  2. This will be reviewed by a senior person or another person administering the referral process.
  3. Contact will be made with parents and professionals to review and confirm information in referral form.
  4. Risk assessment will be written so that the centre can understand and plan for any potential risk.
  5. Contact plan will be drafted.
  6. Pre-visit will be planned.
  7. Pre-visit with both parents will take place. Often referral information will be confirmed here. Plans and agreements will be signed.
  8. Risk assessment will be reviewed following pre-visit.
  9. First session will be planned.

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