Checklists A and B have been produced from national guidance and information from link workers about their expectations and practices. These short self-assessment checklists are included in the Social Prescribing and Community-based Support Guide, detailing recommended best practice policy and governance requirements for organisations to have in place, as well as referral and management processes to work effectively with link workers.
The checklists can be downloaded and used as working documents to record the resources organisations have in place and actions to be taken.
Checklist A – Policy and governance requirements
Many voluntary organisations and charities that provide services will already have quality assurance policies and procedures in place, particularly where they employ staff.
Link workers will ask key questions of VCS service provider to ensure necessary policies for quality assurance are in place.
The self-assessment Checklist A, lists policy and governance documents and provides links to national and Community First Yorkshire resources which will help groups to establish how relevant the document is to the organisation and activities. The checklist also includes links to template documents. It is important to note a number of the requirements may not be applicable to every individual situation.
Checklist B – Referral and management requirements
In addition to policies and other documents, link workers will ask key questions of VCS service providers to check processes and capabilities are in place to respond to referrals.