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1.4.6 Child Protection Review Conferences

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

The purpose of the Child Protection Review Conference is to review the safety, health and development of the child against intended outcomes identified in the Child Protection Plan. It is the forum to consider whether the Child Protection Plan remains appropriate and whether any changes need to be made.

The first CPRC should be held within three months of the Initial Child Protection Conference and at intervals of no more than six months thereafter.

This chapter must be read in conjunction with the procedure on Initial Child Protection Conferences in the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual.

RELATED CHAPTER

Discontinuation of Child Protection Plan Procedure

Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual, Other Types of Conference Procedure


Contents

  1. Responsibilities of the Social Worker
  2. Child Protection Review Conference Guidance


1. Responsibilities of the Social Worker

  • Liaise with the Independent Chairperson regarding the Child Protection Review Conference (CPRC) to consider any issues;
  • Arrange/confirm venue for meeting;
  • Confirm / update the invitation list and send to the Children's Safeguarding Standards Unit;
  • The Children's Safeguarding Standards Unit will send out invitation letters (and distribution list) to all Core Group members, and any other co-opted persons who are to be invited to attend the meeting;
  • Prepare a report on the ICS pro forma;
  • Discuss contents of the report with parents;
  • Identify and address any practical assistance required to facilitate the parent / child's attendance at the meeting;
  • Distribute report, ensuring all CPRC members, including parents, receive a copy at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.


2. Child Protection Review Conference Guidance

This section provides direction or advice to a decision or course of action.

It is the responsibility of the Independent Chairperson, in conjunction with the social worker / team manager to ensure that the review takes place within the appropriate timescale. This should be done in consultation with the parent/child/young person.

The venue should be suitable for the meeting and able to seat all invited.

CPRC invitation letters must give sufficient advance notice to allow colleagues time to prepare and circulate reports in accordance with procedure. It is recommended that at least two weeks' notice is given.

The social worker's report should include:

  • Information relating to any significant events in the review period;
  • Information on each relevant child in respect of health, education, development and wellbeing;
  • An overview of the work undertaken - and the progress of this work as measured against clear set objectives from the Child Protection Plan;
  • Details of dates visits were made, when child was seen and meetings held;
  • An analysis of the assessed risk to the child/ren;
  • The wishes and feelings of the child or young person;
  • A detailed Child Protection Plan;
  • A recommendation on future Child Protection Plan.

The social worker should ensure that the report is countersigned by the team manager.

Where there are issues of staff safety, it may be necessary to invite parent(s) into the office to discuss the content of the report.

Enclose a copy of current Written Agreement/ Child Protection Plan to the Independent Chairperson together with minutes of Core Group meetings held since the last

The Child Protection Review Conference will consider:

  • The Statutory Assessment;
  • Progress/outcomes of any other specialist assessment commissioned by the Core Group;
  • Any significant changes in circumstances since the Initial or previous Review Conference;
  • Whether there is a continuing need for a Child Protection Plan, including consideration of appropriateness of Category.

Proceed as per guidance for Initial Child Protection Conferences.

End