In addition to mapping out strategic stakeholders, it’s helpful to map out what services are already being provided in the area. This will help you to: -
- Understand how the service will fit into a wider network of provision
- Identify sources of referrals to and from your service
- Identify potential providers of your service
- Assess whether existing contracts could varied to include AA provision.
As part of a ‘joined up’, integrated approach to people with complex needs, local areas may wish to consider how the appropriate adult function can complement the outcomes of other functions.
The police force is the central source of referrals in (it’s up to them to decide whether an AA is needed) but other services are relevant. Police officers are increasingly supported by liaison and diversion (England) or criminal justice liaison (Wales) services. It is also worth engaging with custody healthcare (commissioned by police) and local community mental health and advocacy organisations.
Equally, you may seek to ensure that your AA schemes is able to refer vulnerable people into other local services.