Requests for child protection conferences from other agencies, parents and children/young people

Initial child protection conferences

The co-ordinator, children services must give serious consideration to a request from another agency for an initial child protection conference in respect of any child.  Where significant harm is believed to have occurred, with familial responsibility, a child protection conference should be convened.

If the co-ordinator, children services decides that it is not appropriate to convene a child protection conference the reasons for this must be given in writing to the agency/professional/parent/child who made the request.

 

Review child protection conferences

The child protection review co-ordinator must give serious consideration to convening a review child protection conference at the request of any agency involved with a child whose name is on the child protection register.

The child protection review co-ordinator must give serious consideration to convening a review child protection conference at the request of a child /young person whose name is on the child protection register or a parent whose child’s name is on the child protection register.

The child protection review co-ordinator decides that it is not appropriate to convene a review child protection conference the reasons for this must be given in writing to the agency/professional/ parent/child who made the request.

 

Provision of reports for the child protection conference

All professionals attending or invited to attend the child protection conference should provide a written report.

Where another incident of alleged abuse or neglect has taken place regarding a child whose name is on the child protection register, the team leader should ensure that a CP1 is completed and the child protection review co-ordinator should consider whether or not a review child protection conference is appropriate.

 

Continuation of the child protection conference

If it is not feasible to make a decision on registration or other significant matters at the conference because further information is required then the conference can be continued for a period not normally exceeding three weeks.

Where a decision to delay registration is made the case will continue on alert at the child protection register and the same supports should be provided to the family as would apply to a registered case, including the allocation of a social worker.