Unidentified Adults

The term ‘Unidentified Adults’ refers to an adult who agencies are not aware of, or not engaging with. They may be living within or staying in a household where children live or with someone who has regular contact with children. This can be in any capacity (such as parent, partner, grandparents, non-family member etc.)

There is a plethora of information both locally and nationally which highlights the need to understand who is living within the household with a child. Many reviews highlight the issue of professionals not identifying and/or assessing key adults, such as fathers, mothers/fathers’ partners, extended family and friends involved in the care of children who died or suffered harm. This piece of work has been undertaken in response to learning from a serious case review.

Please view the workbook below for further information and resources such as:

  • Good practice guide
  • How do I notice an unidentified adult?
  • Top tips for identifying and engaging
  • Tools for practitioners to help inform their conversations

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