Family Group Conferences: An Opportunity to Re-Frame Responses to the Abuse of Older People?

Kate Parkinson, Sarah Pollock, Deanna Edwards

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Abstract

Recent legislative and policy changes in adult social care have refocused attention on a strengths-based approach to social work practice. The Care Act 2014 advocates a more inclusive and holistic understanding of individual well-being, which is evident by its expectation of more personalised responses to safeguarding. Family Group Conferences (FGCs) fit well with this policy shift but require further exploration before being integrated into work with adults. A fictitious case study was analysed through an organic group discussion, during which the authors applied their professional expertise to explore the appropriateness of FGCs to provide a response to adult-safeguarding cases. FGCs provide a viable alternative to traditional decision-making approaches in the adult-safeguarding field. The case analysis exposes three main areas that require further consideration to ensure effective implementation. The areas identified are divided into mental capacity, risk and funding. It is important that policy makers and local authorities acknowledge the complexity of transferring an approach originally designed for working with children and families to the context of social work with older adults. More effort should be made to address the practice tensions outlined within the article.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1126
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

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