What happens once the referral has been accepted?
After a referral has been accepted a clinician will contact the parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) of the adolescent who has been referred for assessment and consult with them in regards to whom would be best to attend the intake meeting along with the adolescent. Once this is established an appointment will be made.
The decision of who to include in the intake meeting involves consideration of the following:
If the parents are separated, they will be asked if their relationship is sufficiently amicable for them to meet together with their child/youth. This is preferable wherever possible. Otherwise they would be seen at separate meetings with their child/youth.
If the parents are separated and have current partners then the partner is generally invited to attend the initial meeting. In this case the adolescents will be seen with each of his/her parent’s separately.
It may be useful to have a grandparent and other significant adult in the adolescent’s life attend the initial intake meeting. The referral agent will sometimes advise as to whom it might be useful to invite to the initial meeting.
An intake letter will be sent to all persons invited to attend the intake meeting and includes the following information:
Confirmation of the appointment details, including the date, time and location.
A copy of the Self Report and Privacy statement: Self Report and Privacy, Adol Prog
Programme forms Click here
Information for Parents/caregivers about Assessment/Education: Assessment-Education Phase Information for Parents and Caregivers- PDF format
Financial Assistance for Travel
If the young person has been referred by Child, Youth and Family Service, they may provide financial assistance with transport costs for families who reside outside Christchurch. Parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) who require such assistance are encouraged to discuss this with the young persons Social Worker.
If the young person has been referred by a mental health service, financial assistance with transport costs for clients and families who reside outside Christchurch, may be available. Parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) who require such assistance are encouraged to discuss this with the referring mental health professional.