The term ‘Unidentified Adults’ refers to an adult who agencies are not aware of, or not engaging with. They could be living within 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.)
The risk of not engaging effectively with adults who have regular contact with children or live within the family home includes understanding:
- What the child’s main caregiver and other family members might be saying about the ‘Unidentified Adults’ role within the family
- The positive contribution which they might make to the needs and welfare of the child
- What support they may offer to the family, including caring for children
- Any risks which they might present.
The following resources have been produced to assist workers in this area: