Child Protection Conferences
Frequently Asked Questions:
Frequently Asked Questions:
A child protection conference is a meeting we arrange to talk about serious concerns about your children’s safety or wellbeing. The point of the conference is to:
This Guide for Young People on Child Protection Conferences maybe helpful to read with your child.
The people who may go include:
Professionals taking part in your conference are not allowed to talk about what is said with anyone except people who need to know.
The conference will talk about your family’s circumstances and decide whether the children need a child protection plan. The chairperson at the conference will make this decision.
A child protection plan is there to help keep your children safe and support them, your family and you. It will say what work we need to do with you, as a parent or carer, to help you look after your children safely. It will also say what individual work we need to do with your children.
If we decide your children need a child protection plan, they will have a ‘lead social worker’.
We will need to make changes to the child protection plan to reflect changes in your life or family. We agree these changes at regular meetings (‘core group’ meetings) between you, the lead social worker and the main professionals involved with your family.
You can come to the meeting and, if it would help, bring an advocate, a family member or friend or your solicitor with you.
If English is not your first language and you have difficulty understanding spoken English, we can arrange for a translator to be at the meeting.
A review conference will take place three months after the first conference. After that, there will be a review conference at least every six months.
The review conference decides whether your children still need a child protection plan.
The decision is based on what changes have happened since the previous conference. It is important you take part in review conferences by either coming to the meeting or talking or writing to the social worker to give them your views. This will help to make sure you have your say.
If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to ask your social worker or the chairperson who will run the conference.
You can phone the chairperson on 01323 466606.
If you don’t agree with the decision the conference makes to give your child a child protection plan, you or your advocate can write or phone the chairperson saying why you disagree. The chairperson will try and sort it out for you.
If you want to complain about the chairperson of the meeting, phone the Safeguarding Manager on 01323 466606.
You may also wish to contact any of the following organisations for advice or support.
Tel: 0808 800 5000 (Mon-Fri 8.am to 10 pm – to 6 pm at week-ends) or 24 hrs on firstname.lastname@example.org
Web address: www.nspcc.org.uk (opens in new window)
National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)
Freephone: 0808 808 1001
Web address: www.nyas.net (opens in new window)
Tel: 0800 1111
Web address: www.childline.org.uk (opens in new window)