For NDIS participants under 18, arranging Short-Term Accommodation (STA) involves specific compliance procedures to ensure the participant’s safety and well-being. This blog post outlines the necessary steps and requirements for coordinating STA for young participants, ensuring all permissions and safeguards are in place.

Understanding Specialised Substitute Residential Care

Specialised Substitute Residential Care refers to services provided by organisations that offer overnight respite care or overnight behaviour support services. This arrangement requires family consent and covers various settings, such as group homes, host families, or camps focused on respite care or behaviour support.

Key Responsibilities and Procedures

1. Obtaining Permissions

1.1 Plan Nominee Approval:

1.2 Legal Guardian Notification:

1.3 Office of the Children’s Guardian Notification:

2. Documentation and Record Keeping

2.1 Document All Communications:

2.2 Approval Records:

3. Health and Safety Measures

3.1 Risk Assessment:

3.2 Emergency Contact Information:

3.3 Medication and Special Needs:

4. Review and Feedback

4.1 Post-STA Review:

4.2 Continuous Improvement:

Review and Compliance

Annual Review: This SOP will be reviewed annually to ensure alignment with NDIS guidelines, child protection laws, and internal policies.

Non-Compliance: Non-compliance may result in disciplinary action and must be reported to the relevant authorities.

By following this SOP, staff can ensure that STA arrangements for NDIS participants under 18 are handled with care, compliance, and a focus on the participant’s safety and well-being.

For more information on the regulations and requirements for specialised substitute residential care, visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website.

This detailed guide ensures that the arrangement of STA for young NDIS participants is compliant with all relevant regulations, providing a safe and supportive environment for the participants.