5.4 Transfer Child Protection Conference

This chapter is currently under review - May 2020


When Children's Social Care is notified that a child subject to a Child Protection Plan moves into the authority's area, the responsibility for the Child Protection Plan rests with the original authority until the conference has been held, but local staff should co-operate with the Lead Social Worker from the originating authority to implement the Child Protection Plan.


The originating Children's Social Care should send a written request and key documents to the receiving authority, in accordance with locally agreed protocols, before a Transfer Conference is convened.


A Transfer Conference should be held within 15 working days of the agreement between the two authorities. This should be based on the principle that the child is now normally resident in the receiving area.


The Lead Social Worker from the originating authority must be invited to the Transfer Conference and expected to submit a report at least five working days before the conference having shared this with the child and the family.


The Transfer Conference should be treated as an Initial Conference in the receiving authority. The discontinuing of the Child Protection Plan should only be agreed following a full risk assessment of the child and family in their new situation.

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