The chairperson of a child protection conference has the responsibility to identify underlying conflicts of information or opinion, to highlight them and ensure that they are discussed and resolved where possible. If dissent persists, it must not be allowed to prejudice any child’s safety and welfare, which must remain the paramount consideration. The chairperson must ensure that the precise nature of the dissent is recorded. The Co-ordinator, Children Services must bring dissent to the attention of the head of service immediately and agree a course of action.
The head of service should respond to the dissenting person in writing within 28 days.