Child protection conferences & plans
The following pages set out the requirements for different conferences. The purpose is always to bring together and analyse, in an inter-agency setting, all relevant information and plan how best to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child. It is the responsibility of the conference to make recommendations on how agencies work together to safeguard the child in future. Conference tasks include:
- appointing a lead social worker, who should be a qualified, experienced social worker and an employee of the Department;
- identifying membership of the core group of professionals and family members who will develop and implement the child protection plan;
- establishing timescales for meetings of the core group, production of a child protection plan and for child protection review meetings; and
- agreeing an outline child protection plan, with clear actions and timescales, including a clear sense of how much improvement is needed, by when, so that success can be judged clearly.
- The conference chair
- The social worker and manager
- Family members who have a significant role in the life of the child
- Other people with parental responsibility (consult with the family and chair if this is not right for this child)
- Children who are of sufficient age and understanding
- A supporter or advocate for the family and for the child
- Professionals most involved with the child and family
- Professionals with significant expertise about the particular concern (e.g. an expert in fabricated illness).
Professional observers (e.g. a social work student) can attend conferences only with the prior consent of the chair and the family. Observers must take no role in discussions or in decision-making.
If children are not attending the conference to be part of the discussion, the family must be advised to make alternative arrangements for child care as they often will distract the meeting.
Quoracy refers to the minimum number of agencies that should be present at a conference. This should be sufficient to enable safe decisions to be made, and ordinarily is a minimum of Social Care plus two other agencies or professional groups. If a conference is not quorate then the chair of the conference must decide how to proceed.
Location of conferences
The majority of Child Protection conferences are held at Perruque House, Rue de la Perruque, Castel. This is the same building where Children's Services senior management are based. Public transport to this location is difficult so it will be necessary for professionals to check that parents/carers are able to find their way to the building.
To book a Child Protection conference please contact Helen Le Tocq, who is the Personal Assistant for Child Protection her email is: Helen.LeTocq@gov.gg
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