Adults in families

Adults in families

Lessons from serious case reviews, both locally and nationally, and from best practice guidance suggests that not understanding which adults are actually around children in families inevitably leads to an inaccurate assessment of the risks that they might pose to these children, sometimes with disastrous consequences. It is therefore important for practitioners to establish, wherever possible, the adults that children are in regular contact with so that their influence on children’s lives can start to be properly assessed. This can be done in the first instance by direct questioning when drawing a genogram. However, it is also important, particularly on visiting the family home, to ask who everybody present is and to try and find out how often they are present in the home and whether they are important in the children’s lives. This information can then be fed into both informal and formal risk assessment and a better understanding of family dynamics.

Contents

Procedure Flowcharts

  1. Referral to Children's Social Care
  2. Action following assessment
  3. Urgent action to safeguard children
  4. What happens after the strategy discussion?
  5. What happens after the child protection conference, including the review process?