The Social Worker will have 10 working days from the point of the child protection investigation being initiated to complete a CP1. The CP1 should be complete, quality assured by a Team Leader and sent to the Service Manager on the 10th working day from the point of Child Protection Procedures being initiated.
The purpose of the CP1 is to undertake an “initial assessment” of the child’s and family’s circumstances to determine if an Initial Child Protection Case Conference is required to consider if a multi-agency child protection plan may be needed. Where there is evidence to indicate that a child may be at immediate risk of harm then consideration should be given to the need for immediate child protection measures and should not be dependent on or await the completion of a CP1.
Engaging with the family and going over the content of the report is a key element of completing a Child Protection Investigation. The Social Work must ensure children and their families are prepared for attending an Initial Child Protection Case Conferences, where it is deemed necessary one should take place.
An Initial Child Protection Case Conference should take place no later than 21 calendar days from the point of the child protection investigation being initiated.
If the Service Manager decides to convene an Initial Child Protection Case Conference outwith this timescale he/she must record the reasons for this decision by writing in the child or young person’s case file.