The purpose of an interview is to enable or assist the council with an Investigation under Part 1 of the Act, about the source, nature and level of any risk to the adult and also to establish whether action is needed to protect the adult. The aims of the interview will be to:

  • establish if the adult has been subject to harm;
  • establish if the adult feels his or her safety is at risk and from whom; and
  • discuss what action, if any, the adult wishes or is willing to take to protect him or herself
  • ensure the adult knows why ASP measures have commenced
  • explain to the adult what will happen next

Officers conducting interviews need to ensure appropriate recording of the content of the interview, the decisions and appropriate explanations as to who is present.