Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

When extreme weather is forecasted, Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated.

SWEP is called when the Met Office forecasts expect temperatures of 0 degrees C or below as temporary response, the primary aim of which is to preserve life.

As an emergency humanitarian response, all rough sleepers, regardless of eligibility, are offered emergency accommodation.

Each Local Authority is responsible for activating SWEP.

When activated, our Outreach teams work with Local Authorities to find suitable and safe provision for any rough sleepers.
They are  also working additional shifts to ensure all rough sleepers are supported at this critical time. Working extra shifts means we are able to spend more time on the streets, supporting those who are most vulnerable and liaising with local authorities to secure emergency accommodation. We are also providing vital goods and facilitating transport so people can get to the accommodation provided.