Need an Independent Person (IP) for a secure accommodation
(criteria) review or SAR


Independent Person (IP) referrals can be made securely using the form above.

An Independent Person is required to take part in the criteria review of children and young people in Secure Accommodation or SAR under Regulation 15 of the Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991

SARIPs is part of RRC that has provided an Independent Person service to Local Authorities (nationwide) since 2003 under annual contracts or through spot purchase arrangements.

Independent Person in Secure Accommodation Reviews

The role of the Independent Person (IP) is to be an active member of the decision making panel which decides whether or not the criteria for keeping a young person in secure accommodation continue to apply.

All SARIP IPs have relevant backgrounds in children’s social work especially looked after children, vulnerable children in need of protection and children’s residential care including secure children’s homes. IPs are comprehensively supported with training, guidance and support from RRC to enable them to undertake their professional roles.

Good Practice in Secure Accommodation Reviews

RRC issues all SARIP IPs guidelines that summarise the legal framework for secure accommodation reviews and suggest an agenda for the Chair to follow. They outline the roles of the Independent Person and the Chair of the Panel and are a helpful guide for social workers, advocates and others involved in the review process.

Information Management, Contracts and Referral

SARIPs through RRC has clear policies and procedures that all its Independent Persons adhere to. Security of personal data is managed through fully encrypted and secure electronic data management systems that are compliant with data protection legislation.

Independent Person (IP) services for secure accommodation reviews (SARs) are available to all Local Authorities in England and covers secure children’s home throughout England, Scotland and Wales through annual contracts and spot purchased referrals. If you are a commissioner please contact us and let us show you how an annual contract could be more cost effective for your Local Authority.

Enter your name and email address and we will send you an E brochure of our Independent Person for Secure Accommodation Reviews service.

*You must provide a valid UK Local Authority / Trust email address eg: yourname@localauthority.gov.uk