Child Protection Conferences
A Child Protection Conference is a meeting that brings together family members (and children where appropriate), supporters, advocates and those professionals most involved with the child and family to make decisions about the child’s future safety, health and development. They are held when there are worries that a child has been harmed, or is at risk of being harmed.
Social workers, health workers, teachers and others who know the child and their family will usually attend. We want parents and carers to participate too. They have a really important role to play in helping us understand what is happening for their family and how we can help make things better.
The Conference will agree a plan with the parents / carers and all attendees; which will meet the child’s needs, keep them safe and reduce the risk of harm.
The Child Protection Conference does not make decisions about legal or court action, or about where children should live. However, if the plan is not being successful in reducing risk of harm then it may be recommended that this is considered.