5.3 Pre-Birth Conference
- Timing of Conference
- The Development of a Pre-Birth Child Protection Plan
- Timing of Review Conference Following a Pre-Birth Conference
A pre-birth child protection conference should be conducted as if it were an Initial Child Protection Conference concerning an unborn child.
A pre-birth conference should be held where a:
Other risk factors to be considered are:
All agencies involved with pregnant women who have concerns should consider the need for an early Referral to Children's Social Care, so that assessments are undertaken, and family support services provided, as early as possible in the pregnancy.
Timing of Conference
The pre-birth conference should take place ideally at least 3 months before the due date of delivery, so as to allow as much time as possible for planning support for the pregnancy and the birth of the baby.
Where there is a known likelihood of a premature birth, the conference should be held earlier.
Those who normally attend an Initial Child Protection Conference must be invited (seeMembership of Child Protection Conference Procedure). In addition representatives of the midwifery and relevant neo-natal services should also be invited.
The Development of a Pre-Birth Child Protection Plan
If a decision is made that the child requires a Child Protection Plan, the main cause for concern must determine the category of concern and a protection plan be outlined to commence prior to the birth of the baby
The Core Group must be established and is expected to meet prior to the birth, and certainly prior to the baby's return home after a hospital birth.
Timing of Review Conference Following a Pre-Birth Conference
The Child Protection Plan only comes into effect when the child is born and the plan should be reviewed at a Review Conference scheduled to take place within 3 months of the child's birth. The conference chair will determine the date.