The welfare of vulnerable people is obviously of paramount importance. Extensive work is currently being done to ensure that West Dunbartonshire is prepared for the arrival of Ukrainian refugees.
We have now started visits to each of the properties of potential hosts to assess the accommodation and undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check and a System Check for each member of the household over the age of 16.
The checks will be carried out in line with Scottish Government guidance, which includes the regulations put in place for the safe, fast and free vetting system introduced to support those who want to open their homes to displaced Ukrainians.
The national Homes for Ukraine scheme enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to record their interest in supporting Ukrainian residents fleeing the conflict.
Phase One of the scheme allows sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.
Anyone interested in making an offer of accommodation should do so on the GOV.UK website.
Information is also available on the Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions page on GOV.UK.
Welcoming people into your home can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, both for you as a host family and for your guests. But it is important to understand that it is also a big commitment, both physically and emotionally.
Barnardo's advice for host families
West Dunbartonshire Council - Super Sponsor Scheme FAQ's
If you have applied to be a host and are awaiting confirmation, please be patient - we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Home checks will be carried out. An example of the checklist we will be using is available on the Scottish Government website.
To book a free Home Fire Safety Visit call 0800 0731 999, Text 'FIRE' to 80800 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - Guide to Fire Safety
Some useful sites for information are available below.
Find your nearest NHS service at NHS Inform.
Ukrainian and Russian versions of the following leaflets to support informed consent.
A guide to NHS Scotland Services for displaced persons from Ukraine