Why does timing make all the difference when it comes to engaging families in reviews?
For families the difference is enormous. The more time they have to understand the process, to prepare their contribution and to consider publication the better.
But what about the difference a late contribution makes to the review itself? Quality of process and outputs will generally suffer.
- The practitioner can’t consider family views when contributing
- The SILP process is consultative; & we triangulate all material
We acknowledge commissioners will feel the pressure of time to publish. However, experience tells us a report which adds in a late perspective is often criticised. It can appear that too much prevalence was given to that late opinion.
Experience tells us that reports which add in a late perspective are often criticised for appearing to place too much emphasis on that late opinion.
In these instances we will ask for a pause to allow reflection from all those involved in the process. The reason for delay is usually a requirement of criminal proceedings. The delay is defensible.
Do you have experience of how this has worked locally for you? We would love to hear your views at firstname.lastname@example.org.