What was the issue you were addressing or working on?
One example was a lady with Dementia who was referred in order to consolidate support available and identify any areas that might require assistance. However, during preparation it transpired that this elderly lady was also a victim of financial abuse. The family knew this was going on and wanted it stopped but did not know what to do about it. The Family Group Meeting brought these concerns into the open. Social work was informed of these allegations but they agreed to wait for the outcome of the Family Group Meeting before pursuing their own enquiries.
What you did?
An FGC meeting was planned which brought together representatives of the family, the lady’s social worker and the dementia link worker. Due to our no blame policy the family were able to discuss their concerns, identify a solution that protected this vulnerable adult without pointing the finger at anyone in particular. After an accredited Co-ordinator had set the clear boundaries of possibilities a plan was formed at this meeting by the family that was mutually accepted by all parties involved.
What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?
This Plan ensured that this lady was protected and no longer open to financial abuse by a particular member of her family. Social work and the family feel confident that there is no further abuse. This approach significantly reduced the potential upset and avoided the need for Adult Protection procedures. The vulnerable adult, her family and Social Work were delighted with the outcome.
FGC has the potential to bring a fresh and meaningful approach to all work with vulnerable adults; the elderly; those with disabilities; those with mental health problems; those with drug and alcohol dependency; those at risk of abuse.