Role of local authority
The approach to resettling people displaced from Ukraine will be based on the process that local authorities and their partners have been operating for a number of years. Local authority resettlement teams are in place in all 32 areas, and it is anticipated all 32 will be involved in offers to resettle people displaced from Ukraine arriving in Scotland.
Once matched to a specific local authority and home, guests will receive support to integrate into the local area. The first step is for an initial discussion to take place between the guests and the local authority and their partners to identify immediate and long term needs.
As part of the Super Sponsor scheme, a local authority case worker will ensure links are made to the relevant services to enable access. These services will include:
- Social Security rights assessment, support with applications and referrals depending on services available locally
- GP and dental surgery registration, school, benefits advice, housing and employment advice
- registering with local schools, childcare and further and higher education
- accessing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes
- Giving advice and referring guests to mental health services and to specialist services if needed
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