Police Role in Meetings
As a Safeguarding Manager, prior to holding any discussions or attending meetings, it is important that a discussion with the police takes place where there is a crime or a suspected crime.
The main reasons for this are to:-
- Seek the progress of the police investigation.
- Establish what information the police can or cannot share within the meeting.
- If information is to be shared confirm who with.
- Establish what progress can be made with the enquiry whilst the criminal element is being investigated.
- Be clear with the police on your intended actions so that any conflict can be identified.
- Can I continue progress with the enquiry if the police are involved?
If all of the above points are addressed and both the Police and Safeguarding Manager are in agreement the enquiry should be progressed.
Can I conclude the enquiry if the police are still investigating?
Dependent on the issue it maybe possible to conclude the safeguarding enquiry from a Health or Social Care perspective, once the protection plan is in place. Awaiting the outcome of the crime can take a number of months and in some cases a year/s, holding a case open in light of this decision would not be appropriate if it has no bearing on the protection plan. Where this applies you may wish to consult the adult and allow them to make the decision as to whether they want the case leaving open until police processes are complete
The adult may wish to have as one of their outcomes, that the person is arrested, charged and prosecuted, however we may not be able to agree this as an outcome we can deliver. The success of this outcome will be dependent on the evidence supporting the case, the view of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and whether or not it is in the public interest to pursue the case through the courts.