Daybreak has pioneered the use of FGC in Adult Safeguarding. Currently managed by Katrina Blatchford, Hampshire County Council has had a programme for adults at risk of abuse since 2007. Referrals can be taken from any source – social workers, police, health professionals, and other care agencies can all refer, as can the individual themselves or their family or friends.
Recent legislation such as the Mental Capacity Act, the Care Act, and “Making Safeguarding Personal”, has emphasised the rights of adults to be fully involved in all aspects of decisions about the care and support they receive. Family Group Conferences have always placed the individual at the centre of all decision making and planning, and encourage the involvement of families, who may previously have been excluded by professionals.
Following the success of the Adult FGC programme in Hampshire, many local authorities are approaching Daybreak for help in both setting up a FGC service in their area, and for advice on how to improve their working practices, and be more open and inclusive in working with adults and their families.
Hampshire Adult Services: Programme Manager, Katrina Blatchford 07764 970276
Email – Katrinablatchford@daybreakfgc.org.uk