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The strategy discussion/ meeting: the purpose

If the s126 enquiries conclude that social services have reasonable cause to suspect that an adult is at risk of abuse, a strategy discussion/ meeting by telephone, video-conferencing or face-to face should take place. The purpose is to determine the action to be taken to ensure the safety, care and support needs of the adult at risk are met. The lead co-ordinator is responsible for making this decision and for keeping a record.

N.B. Strategy meetings and strategy discussions are interchangeable terms, they can be held as often and for as long as necessary.

The following circumstances are examples of times when a strategy discussion/ meeting should be organised. These include suspected:

This is not an exhaustive list.

The strategy discussion/meeting is a forum to:

More than one strategy meeting/discussion may be appropriate depending on the circumstances of the case, for example to:

Every discussion/meeting must review the abuse and/or neglect concerns to the adult at risk and other adults or children at risk and agree actions to manage this.

As long as there is a process of identifying if there is a need of protection and steps for agreeing what needs to be done to keep the person safe, the mechanisms used can be a strategy meeting or discussion. However, there has to be a mechanism to feedback to the adult.

For further information on the responsibilities for members of the strategy group to deliver the care and support protection plan see planning responsibilities of members of the strategy meeting (the strategy group).

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