ELAN really is an emergency service with people expected to stay in a lodgings placement for no more than a few weeks at most. The first aim of the service is to help facilitate a safe return home wherever possible.
CAYSH's Advice and Support Officer (ASO) works with service users and liaises with their family and all appropriate agencies with the aim of helping the young person feel they can safely return home or to a family member. The ASO's role is to put the necessary support in place for and communication between all concerned and then get them communicating.
In some instances it is clear from the outset that a safe return home is not possible. In these instances ELAN provides an Emergency Accommodation service whilst the ASO coordinates other services and requests that the appropriate local council finds a suitable move-on option. Whilst the maximum stay in the ELAN service is 28 days, most people return home or move on in considerably less.
In other instances it only becomes apparent after the placement that no return home is possible. Experience suggests it sometimes takes a while to everyone to be completely honest about the circumstances that led to ELAN becoming necessary.
Regardless of the time taken to determine whether or not a return home is possible, the original referring local council is responsible for arranging the move-on options.
For further information contact:
t. 020 8855 3644