Delivering appropriate interventions: co-production
It is essential that the adult is actively engaged in determining the best way in which their needs can be met in order to prevent them becoming an adult at risk and experiencing abuse or neglect.
The adult must be seen and listened to and their wishes and feelings considered, whatever their method of communication.
Engaging with, and listening to, what the adult says about what is happening to them should be the cornerstone of effective intervention and support.
Adults and their carers, are most likely to engage with early help services if:
- Services are timely and accessible bearing in mind the specific needs
of the adult and their carer/s;
- Time is spent by practitioners forming positive and trusting
relationships with the adult;
- Misconceptions about safeguarding services are dispelled;
- Information is shared openly and honestly.
Interventions may be provided by practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines who are in contact with the adult at risk and their carer/s.
When determining the most appropriate interventions consideration should be given to:
- what matters to the adult;
- the well-being outcomes they wish to achieve;
- a holistic approach;
- supporting and working with the adult at risk as an equal partner to
plan and deliver the intervention/s;
- empowering the adult to consider how they can retain control over
their day to day life and achieve what matters to them;
- producing innovative solutions for example drawing on local networks
- timely interventions delivered in the right place;
- selecting a diverse range of services that consider the needs of both
the adult and their carer/s;
- recognising interventions need to be flexible and recognise
individual needs and circumstances;
- ways in which any emerging or new needs will be addressed;
- shared ownership and active contributions by all practitioners
involved with the adult.
Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) (2018). About early intervention: why it matters
Pointers for Practice: Facilitating Engagement from The Adult at Risk
Pointers for Practice: Key Principles for Effective Early Help Interventions