People in care homes may wish to move to a different territory of the UK from that in which they reside, for example, to be near their friends and family. The Act sets out certain principles which seek to support the notion of residential care placements by ensuring that, generally, where a local authority, or equivalent in Northern Ireland, places someone in a care home cross-border within the UK, it does not result in transfer of the authority’s responsibility for the individual concerned.
The draft guidance on cross-border placements covers:
- principles which apply to cross-border residential placements
- steps to take when making a cross-border care home placement
- how to manage disputes between authorities
- process for resolution of cross-border disputes that may arise between authorities about the general principles of non-transfer of responsibility
- process for resolution of cross-border disputes that may arise between authorities in relation to temporary duties to meet needs in the provider failure context