Child Protection Conferences and decisions
A child protection conference is a multi-agency meeting organised by Children's Services. The people invited to this meeting are the parents, your child if they are old enough, and all the professionals already involved with your child and sometimes others as well, for example, a doctor, health visitor, teacher, police or paediatrician.
The aim of the conference is for everyone present to look at all the relevant information about your child's circumstances and, if they consider that your child is likely to suffer significant harm in the future, they must come up with plans to make sure your child is safe and well cared for.
The conference must be held within 15 working days of the strategy discussion (or the strategy discussion where the need for child protection enquiries was agreed, if more than one has been held).
This section aims to answer your questions on:
- How should I prepare for a child protection conference?
- What should I do if English is not my first language?
- Will my child's father be at the child protection conference? What can I do to make sure I am safe?
- Do I have to attend the child protection conference?Do I have to attend the child protection conference?
- Can I get someone to go with me to the child protection conference?
- What will happen at the child protection conference?
- What will happen after the child protection conference?
- What is a child protection plan?