Planning Meetings with Families

These should be considered in cases where:

The alleged source of harm and the adult are in a relationship and both wish to continue in the relationship and accept the need for change

  • The adult lacks capacity to make a decision about involvement in these meetings and they have family members or friends who will provide a more effective advocacy than a paid service.
  • Family members are the alleged source of harm and they accept both their role in causing the harm and the need to change.

Family member/s need to be aware of their responsibilities and the limits to their right to access information.

The following are areas where it is not appropriate to share the information:-

  • Criminal history of the alleged source of harm
  • Disciplinary action taken against the alleged source of harm prior to the current concern
  • Previous Safeguarding concerns involving the alleged source of harm
  • Personal information about the alleged source of harm relating to mental health, substance misuse, lack of mental capacity to make specific decisions etc.

Details of other adults who may have been affected by alleged abuse by the same source of harm

  • Other areas which impact on the right to confidentiality for either the alleged source of harm or the organisation they work with.