What it means if a child is on a child protection plan

If a child has a child protection plan, it means that social workers think there is a serious risk to the child. The social workers, and other people who work with the child and the family, have to make a plan to keep the child safe.

If the social workers are very concerned about the risk to the child, they might be thinking about applying to court for an order to remove the child from the child’s parents. You should think about whether you would like the child to come and live with you if this happens. If that is what you want, then you should tell the child’s social worker.

When children can no longer live with their parents, the child’s social workers should find out whether there are relatives or friends the child could live with. This should be the first place they look, before they think about other types of placement, such as foster carers who don’t know the child.