Child protection conferences
If the assessment indicates that the child is at risk of harm a child protection conference may be called. This is a meeting attended by the parents of the child and all key agencies involved with the child. A child under 12 would normally not attend though an older child may do. However, the social worker will speak to the child before the conference and will present their views. The conference will be chaired by an Independent Reviewing Officer/Child Protection. The aim of the conference is to:
- Consider whether a child has suffered harm/is likely to suffer harm in the future
- Consider if a child protection plan is required with desired outcomes and actions needed to achieve this. All agencies and the family should seek to meet the child's needs and reduce the areas of risk and concern
- Consider if a CIN (Child in Need) plan is required where the family need additional support.
Since August 2011 Ealing has implemented the strengthening families framework and model of child protection case conferences. Within this model you will also find guidance for agencies and families attending conferences.