Social services’ support – adults

Social services’ support – adults

Local authorities have responsibilities to safeguard vulnerable adults who are in need of social care. This chapter sets out how a local authority will determine whether it has a duty to provide support to adults who are unable to access public funds, with a focus on when accommodation and financial support may need to be provided. 

Later chapters detail considerations for providing support to other vulnerable groups; identifying pathways out of destitution; reviewing and ending support.

Good practice point

  • A person should not be refused an assessment or assistance solely because they have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), because this in itself does not exclude them from social services’ assistance. 
  • The requirement to undertake a community care assessment, or carer’s assessment, is based on an appearance of need and is not dependent on the person’s immigration status, although this will be a relevant factor when establishing whether the local authority has a duty to meet community care needs and determining whether the Schedule 3 exclusion applies.
  • Although the cost of funding residential care or a care package can be considerable, budgetary constraints alone would not be an appropriate ground for refusing to meet the assessed care needs of a person with NRPF who is eligible for social care assistance.  
  • Where financial support is provided, this would need to be sufficient to mitigate any identified safeguarding risks, for example, the health of a pregnant woman or to a survivor of domestic abuse who may be at risk of returning to a violent partner. 
  • Where a local authority does not have a duty to provide support to an adult with NRPF, the person should be provided with information which may include: Home Office asylum support, local charities, local immigration advisers and the Home Office Voluntary Returns Service. In order to reduce migrant destitution in communities, the local authority may wish to consider making this information widely available through its website and other communications.