Safeguarding adults: Mediation and family group conferences

Working with adults - Advocacy

Advocacy is important to adult FGCs but intra-family advocacy may be more difficult than in children’s work because adults have different relationships that have matured over time. In the FGC model, there is a clear preference for advocacy from within the family, rather than an external advocate, as the presence of professional advocates in the private family is restricted to the first 10 minutes (Daybreak 2011). Where there are entrenched family conflicts, there may be a need for mediation to take place before an

FGC can work to facilitate the person’s wider networks of support. Also see Consider including a support person or advocate in the Enabling participation - Key steps section.