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1.4.4 Child Protection Plans


Protocol: Criteria for Transfer from Initial Response Service


This chapter was amended in September 2014. Section 2, Visits to a Child Subject to a Child Protection Plan is new and should be read.


  1. The Child Protection Plan
  2. Visits to a Child Subject to a Child Protection Plan

1. The Child Protection Plan

The decision that a child requires a Child Protection Plan will be made at an Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC). The only exception being when a child with a Child Protection Plan in another Local Authority area moves to Newcastle, either temporarily or permanently; such a child will have a Child Protection Plan immediately.

The Child Protection Plan should set out what work needs to be done, why, when and by whom with clarity around the desired outcome. Please refer to Newcastle Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual.

The Lead Social Worker will have the lead role in coordinating the contribution of the professionals from the relevant agencies.

The purpose of the Plan is to:

  • Safeguard the child from further harm;
  • Promote the child's health and development; and
  • Provided it is in the best interests of the child, to support the family to promote the welfare of their child.

The ICPC will consider if the child is at continuing likelihood of Significant Harm and the criteria should be that either:

  • The child can be shown to have suffered severe ill-treatment or impairment of health and/or development as a result of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect and professional judgment is that further ill-treatment or impairment are likely;
  • Professional judgment, substantiated by the findings of enquiries in this individual case or by research evidence, is that the child is likely to suffer ill treatment or the impairment of health or development as a result of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect;
  • The primary carers are not working to address the safeguarding issues.

If the child is at continuing likelihood of Significant Harm, safeguarding the child or children will therefore require multi-agency help and intervention, delivered through a Child Protection Plan. It is also the role of the Initial Child Protection Conference to formulate the outline Child Protection Plan in as much detail as possible. If a child needs a Child Protection Plan, siblings living within the household must be given due consideration.

The Child Protection Plan will be recorded on the ICS pro forma and will include:

  • Factors associated with the likelihood of the child suffering Significant Harm and ways in which the child can be protected through a multi-agency Child Protection Plan based on the current findings from the assessment and information held from any previous involvement with the child and family;
  • Short-term and longer-term aims and objectives that are clearly linked to reducing the likelihood of harm to the child and promoting the child’s welfare, including contact with family members;
  • Who will have responsibility for what actions, including actions by family members, within specified timescales;
  • Ways of monitoring and evaluating progress against the planned outcomes set out in the Child Protection Plan; and
  • A contingency plan, if agreed actions are not completed and/or circumstances change, for example if a caregiver fails to achieve what has been agreed, a Court application is not successful or a parent removes the child from a place of safety.

The Child Protection Plan should take into consideration the wishes and feelings of the child, and the views of the parents, insofar as they are consistent with the child’s welfare. The Lead Social Worker should make every effort to ensure that the children and parents have a clear understanding of the planned outcomes, that they accept the Child Protection Plan and are willing to work to it. Please also see Participation of Children and Young People in Assessments and Decision Making Procedure.

The Child Protection Plan should be constructed with the family in their preferred language and they should receive a written copy in this language. Any individual or additional needs of the child and/or family must be taken into consideration in formulating the plan. If family members’ preferences are not accepted about how best to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child, the reasons for this should be explained.

Families should be told about their right to complain and make representations, and how to do so.

The Child Protection Plan will be monitored by the Core Group.

2. Visits to a Child Subject to a Child Protection Plan

Where a child is subject to a Child Protection Plan, as a minimum the social worker must see the child every four weeks at or in the case of a child under 5 years every two weeks. In recording the visit on CareFirst, the social worker must provide detail about:

  • The purpose of visit;
  • What was observed;
  • Their assessment / analysis of situation;
  • Plan (actions / tasks / follow up for next visit).

See also Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual, Developing the Child Protection Plan and Core Group Responsibilities Procedure.