Safeguarding adults: Mediation and family group conferences

Family group conferences

Key messages from policy and research

  • FGCs may be appropriate wherever there is a need to mobilise or remobilise an adult’s extended social network to help them find solutions to specific questions or problems.
  • FGCs may be appropriate where there is a need to develop a plan to address specific concerns that cannot be resolved as effectively through established processes (Lupton 1998; Malmberg-Heimonen 2011).

Practice points

  • Individuals responsible for screening cases for referral to an FGC must have access to policy and guidance identifying which types of case are appropriate in the context of adult safeguarding.

Judging suitability

FGCs are likely to be inappropriate when:

Two further factors that should be considered when developing a policy to identify appropriate cases for an FGC are:

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