Criteria for registration

The decision as to whether or not a child’s name should be placed on the child protection register depends on the answer to the question, ‘Has the child suffered or are they likely to suffer significant harm?’ Consideration also needs to be given to the relationship between the child and the suspected or alleged abuser.

The child is at continuing risk of significant harm if either:

      • The child can be shown to have suffered ill-treatment or impairment of health or development as a result of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect, and professional judgment is that further ill-treatment or impairment are likely; or
      • Professional judgment, substantiated by the findings of enquiries in this individual case or by research evidence, is that the child is likely to suffer ill-treatment or the impairment of health or development as a result of, physical injury, physical chastisement, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect

Within this context, the following concerns may be indicators of risk and reason for registration.

Discussion at the conference can contribute to making this decision, as well as providing a basis for future planning for the child. The conference needs to establish as far as is possible the cause of the significant harm or of the likelihood of future significant harm to the child, and to record all of the pertinent concerns. If the child name is placed on the child protection register the conference will also agree an outline child protection plan.