The development and introduction of these Standards is the culmination of extensive work undertaken to examinethe needs of the young people who have been placed in certain types of 'unregulated' arrangements and models of provision being used. The Standards were developed in consultation with Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, providers of supported accommodation services and those with expertise in, and with responsibility for, housing including the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. They provide a framework for the delivery of safe and effective care and support for young people aged 16-21 who are making the transition from mainstream care placements to alternative living arrangements in the community.
These Standards apply to HSC Trusts and other agencies commissioned by a HSC Trust to deliver accommodation projects. These Standards have been piloted in all HSC Trusts and their application has been subject to inspection by RQIA. The Standards are now being formally implemented and will be reviewed within two years of their operation. Their application will be measured through self-assessment monitoring and inspection.
Minimum standards for leaving care services and supported accommodation letter from Sean Holland, 26 September 2012
Standards for Young Adults Supported Accommodation Projects Self Assessment/Audit Tool, DHSSPSNI, September 2012