Practitioners - Safety and confidentiality
A personal safety plan is a way of helping someone to protect themselves and their children.
It helps plan in advance for the possibility of future violence or abuse. It also helps someone to think about how they can stay safer whether they stay or leave.
You can work with the client on safety planning. Firstly, you can help them develop an emergency plan and then a plan for longer term support and recovery.
For more information, download the Safety Planning template from the Related Documents section on this page.
Confidentiality is crucial in all cases of domestic violence as a breach can result in serious harm. However sharing information safely and appropriately can be part of improving safety. Where there is a risk to children or vulnerable adults, safeguarding overrides confidentiality. You should try and obtain client’s consent to share information, and if you do share without consent do inform them.
Basic good practice when responding to domestic violence and abuse
• Listen and believe
• Discuss choices and options
• Signpost to support agencies
• Leaving a violent relationship is usually a long process. You can support this but do not judge your success by whether or not someone leaves
• Ensure you are aware of and following your agencies DV guidelines
• Assess the level of risk regularly
• Seek consent to share information