Child protection conferences are an essential feature of inter-agency co-operation to protect children. They enable agencies to consider information about allegations or suspicions of child abuse and neglect and the outcomes of child protection inquiries. They assist planning to help families and welfare agencies ensure that a child at risk is properly protected from harm. Conferences consider the need for registration on the child protection register and initiate child protection plans. Reference should be made to South Ayrshire’s standing Agenda for Child Protection Conference and Case Discussions.