A Core Group meeting
What is a Core Group Meeting?
A core group meeting is where your child's outline child protection plan will be developed into a more, detailed child protection plan.
The child protection plan will not improve your child's situation unless you understand why the professionals are concerned about your child's welfare and you are willing to work with them and do what is asked of you in the plan. So, it is important you go to the core group meeting, ready to ask questions if there is anything you don't understand. You will also need to make sure your views about the plan are understood. You may want to suggest ideas about what extra support would help you to care for your child and family. It is also a good idea to involve your wider family as soon as possible in working out how they can help you to keep your child safe.
Everyone should leave the core group meeting knowing what is expected of them and what may happen if concerns for your child continue or increase.
Who is at the Core Group?
The professionals most involved with you and your child (e.g. your child's social worker, health visitor and teacher) should be there. If your child is old enough they will also be invited. The meeting will be organised by your child's social worker (lead social worker).
It is very important to make sure someone who will be providing domestic violence support to you is a member of the core group, so do make sure someone in this role (such as a domestic violence support worker or key worker from your refuge) has been included in the core group.
Your child's father will usually also be invited to attend and/or give their views about the child protection plan, but if he is the abuser of the domestic violence this should be managed safely. This can involve you both attending at different times if that is most appropriate. Discuss this with your child's social worker if you are worried.