Edition 13 November 2019
FAMILY INVOLVEMENT OR FAMILY INTEGRATION?
You were invited to the party but for a slot later on when all the others had been there from the start. How appealing would that be?
When we engage families in reviews are we asking them to join on our terms? Each communication should offer families the opportunity to be integral to the process. What if the tone of the contact is overly officious or suggests parts of the review will be hidden from them? We risk losing the opportunity altogether.
Research* suggests the review will benefit from this engagement. It’s likely the family will, too.
Operating from that baseline makes it clear. It’s time to dig deeper. We can become complacent, feeling safe by following certain steps or a standardised approach. If we make it part of our ongoing development to keep questioning what we are doing we are half way there.
Sharing ideas with Frank Mullane, founder of Advocacy Against Fatal Domestic Abuse, is one way to consider a range of approaches. AADFA provides support for those involved in all types of review, not only Domestic Homicide Reviews. He will join us at the SILP 10th Birthday Conference at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Thursday 18th June 2020. A key pad on your table will allow you to engage with Frank’s questions anonymously & compare approaches with your peers. With only 20 days left on our early bird offer secure your funding now.
*Morris, K., Brandon, M. and Tudor, P. (2012)
A Study of Family Involvement in Case Reviews:
Messages for Policy and Practice BASPCAN