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Child Protection Conference

What is a Child Protection conference?

It brings together family members and the child (where appropriate), with the supporters, advocates and professionals most involved with the child and family, to make decisions about the child’s future safety, health and development.

An initial child protection conference is convened within15 days of a strategy discussion that agrees a section 47 child protection investigation where child protection concerns are substantiated.

If concerns relate to an unborn child, consideration should be given as to whether to hold a child protection conference prior to the child’s birth.

The purpose of a conference is:

To bring together and analyse, in an inter-agency setting, all relevant information and plan how best to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child. It is the responsibility of the conference to make recommendations on how agencies work together to safeguard the child in future. Conference tasks include:

  • appointing a lead social worker, who should be a qualified, experienced social worker and an employee of the lead statutory body;
  • identifying membership of the core group of professionals and family members who will develop and implement the child protection plan;
  • establishing timescales for meetings of the core group, production of a child protection plan and for child protection review meetings; and
  • agreeing an outline child protection plan, with clear actions and timescales, including a clear sense of how much improvement is needed, by when, so that success can be judged clearly.

The plan developed is then reviewed within 3 months and then a maximum of every 6 months until it ends.

Signs of Safety and Child Protection Conferences

Lincolnshire Children’s Services has been implementing the Signs of Safety framework in its work with children and families. As part of this process child protection conferences have been reviewed to incorporate the signs of safety framework. The expectation is that this way of working will be more focussed on the issues facing children and families and this will lead to greater engagement in developing plans by families. This approach has already commenced for all initial child protection conferences from 1st July and from 1st September all conferences including reviews and transfer in cases will follow this format.

The new documentation which accompanies this roll out is available to download from the bottom of this page and will help partners to see what conferences and reviews will look like and the documents that are required.

Documents available to support professionals include:

CP Professionals Briefing Sheet

The professionals briefing sheet sets out the levels of expectation for professionals who are invited to attend a Child Protection conference and will be included with the invite sent to professionals; expectations include revised timescales on submitting a report (48 hours prior to an ICPC and 5 working days prior to a review conference), information is also provided around the change to the format of conference, etc.

Revised Child Protection Conference Agenda

The updated agenda has been developed and revised through group working with Child Protection Chairs with advice from the Signs of Safety consultant. The revised agenda is designed to elicit information in a focused way rather than focusing on the assessment framework it addresses danger statements provided by the Social Worker which should address the concerns and safety goals are developed to address the concerns, leading to a safety plan.

Revised Child Protection Safety Plan

The updated child protection plan will be known as a safety plan. It is designed to work alongside the revised conference format and give a simple, more straightforward set of expectations and is produced with the parents throughout the conference. However because of the current Children’s Services electronic case file, the new format will not be introduced until the move to the Mosaic system later this year and therefore the safety plan will remain in the current format.

Multi-Agency Child Protection Conference Report

The proposed multi-agency report template was requested via the LSCB to provide a framework for reports to ensure consistency across partners. It has been designed to fit the signs of safety framework. The Child Protection Conference Report should be completed and submitted electronically where ever possible. If you need to part complete the report and continue at a later time/date then there is a save facility available so all you need to do is return to this link and follow the instructions within the form.

Child Protection Conference Report for General Practitioners (GP’s)

The form was developed as a direct request from GP’s and has been produced in consultation. The Child Protection Conference Report for GP’s should be completed and submitted electronically following the link in the text or further down on the page. If you need to part complete the report and continue at a later time/date then there is a save facility available so all you need to do is return to this link and follow the instructions within the form.

Escalation Process

The escalation process agreed at LSCB provides a framework for conference chairs to escalate issues or concerns that impact the effectiveness of a Child Protection Conference. These may include late submission of reports, poor quality information or where information hasn’t been shared with the children/family in advance of the meeting. This will commence from 1st July and performance will be reported to the LSCB on a quarterly basis. This process does not replace the LSCB escalation process but is a more simplified process relating specifically to conferences.

Leaflets

Conference leaflets as shown are provided to parents and young people along with their conference invite. They are provided for information purposes only.

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Last updated: 30 June 2017

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