Are others at risk?

Consider whether others may be at risk based on the circumstances of the concern and or the environment the Adult lives in.

It is in the public interest to Act to protect

‘Anything affecting the rights, health, or finances of the public at large’

Public interest is a common concern among citizens in the management of local, state, and national Government.

A public utility is regulated in the public interest because private individuals rely on such a company for vital services.

What is NOT working

Explore with the Adult at Risk what maybe possible to reduce these areas to improve safety

This model will pull out any tensions/conflicts/inconsistencies and strengths in managing risk and any issues not identified in the relationship mapping allowing the Adult at Risk and the worker to focus in on the impact on the following people:

  • The adult
  • Family and friends
  • Networks/community
  • Other – including organisations

For each concern/risk identified and using any information gathered from use of the previous information examine the following – it may be possible to prepopulate this in advance of the visit and consider if easy read or other information can be provided to support the adult’s involvement in the discussion (especially around the law).

From this it may be possible to agree a list of options/actions and which are acceptable to the Adult at Risk.

For each risk list all the possible outcomes with the adult and/or their family/friend/advocate - then agree with the adult if they are:

  • Keen to try this
  • May be willing to try this
  • Not willing to try this

Getting the adult to explore their reasons for the decision would be helpful

From this a “shopping list” of tasks can be agreed detailing:

  • Who will do
  • What they will do
  • When
  • How they will communicate back to the adult on their progress
  • What they will do if the option is not available following the discussion

Finally it is important to support the adult to retain control about decisions in their lives (unless they chose to delegate them) or feel that they are not important to them and they want to “opt out” of these decisions.

It may be that some decisions they will NOT be able to have control over as there may be risks to other adults etc. which may mean actions and decisions will need to be taken without their consent (they should be informed unless doing so places other Adults at Risk).

Adults should be supported to:

  • Identify the decisions that are important to them relating to the S42 enquiry
  • Identify how they will be involved
  • Identify which decisions will be outside of their control and why and what information they can be given and at what stage

As a practitioner at this point

The Adult at Risk should be clear on what outcomes and support they would like to achieve. Agreement between the adult and practitioner should be reached on how best this can be delivered.


The Adult at Risk does not wish to pursue any further within the Enquiry process, and does meet one or more of the concerns in stage *4 of the process. Proceed with enquiry.

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