A CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCE is a formal meeting convened by social services or the NSPCC. It is the principal forum for professionals and family to share information and concerns about a child seen to be at risk of continuing harm.
The decision to initiate a child protection enquiry is made in a strategy meeting or discussion involving social services, police, health and other involved agencies. This will normally take place within one working day of a referral being received. All agencies involved with the child and family have a responsibility to share information at this stage so that a decision can be made about whether a child in need assessment or a child protection enquiry is needed. The aim of the enquiry process is to assess the child's needs and the capacity of the parents or wider family to ensure their safety and respond appropriately to their health and developmental needs. If a child is found to be at continuing risk of significant harm, a child protection conference is held.
The purpose of a child protection conference is to share information collected during the enquiry process, and to analyse and assess the degree of risk to an individual child or children within a family. Conference decides whether to place the child's name on the Child