The enquiry will look at all the information available to work out:
- Exactly what has happened.
- How the person is at risk of abuse.
- What the person wants to happen now.
- How to support the person to be safe in the future.
The person doing the enquiry will usually meet with the victims of abuse and ask them what has happened, and what help they need to keep safe and to stay in control of their life.
To help us to understand more about the situation, we might also talk privately to other people who know the victim.
We understand that someone may be afraid, or find it difficult, to talk about what has happened to them. The person will be given the information and support they need so that they can say what they want to happen about the abuse reported.
We may invite the victim to a meeting with other people who can help to make sure the person can keep safe. This could involve, family members, social workers, health professionals or the police.
At any meetings, the person can choose to have someone they trust with them, such as a family member, a friend or an advocate. This cannot be someone who is involved in the abuse.
The person can choose to have someone they trust to attend meetings and speak for them if they wish.