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Duty to Refer

This referral is only for use by staff of public authorities, as listed below.

If you work in a public authority and meet someone who is homeless, or at risk of homelessness, you should refer them. You must have their permission to make a referral.

You should only make a referral if you work for:

  • a prison service
  • a youth-offending institution
  • a secure training centre
  • a secure college
  • a probation service (including community rehabilitation schemes)
  • JobCentre Plus
  • social services
  • emergency departments
  • urgent treatment centres
  • hospitals, in their function of in-patient care
  • the armed forces - the navy, marines, army and the air force.

Before you make a referral

Before you start, read the Dorset Duty to Refer Protocol.

We cannot assess referrals without the supporting evidence.

Refer online

Make a referral online.

Refer by email

Use the Duty to Refer - NHS clinical evidence form to provide clinical supporting evidence. If you have more background information on the person you’re referring, please use the supporting evidence form below.

Use the Duty to Refer - supporting evidence form to provide more detailed supporting evidence.

Email the completed form(s) to