5.2 Initial Child Protection Conference

This chapter is currently under review - May 2020


Purpose of the Initial Child Protection Conference


The Initial Child Protection Conference brings together family members, the child where appropriate, and those professionals most involved with the child and family. Its purpose is:

  • To bring together and analyse, in an inter-agency setting, the information which has been obtained about the child's developmental needs, and the parents' or carers' capacity to respond to these needs to ensure the child's safety and promote the child's health and development within the context of their wider family and environment;
  • To consider the evidence presented to the conference, make judgements about the likelihood of a child suffering¬† Significant Harm in future and decide whether the child is at continuing risk of Significant Harm; and
  • To decide what future action is required to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child, including the child becoming the subject of a Child Protection Plan, what the best developmental outcomes are for the child and how best to intervene to achieve these.

The conference must consider all the children in the household, even if concerns are only being expressed about one child.


In some cases, it may be appropriate to develop a Child Protection Plan for only one (or more) of the children within a household. If significant concerns arise subsequently about a sibling (or others in the household), a further Initial Conference must be held. It should be combined with the Child Protection Review Conference concerning the child who is already subject to a Child Protection Plan.

Timing of Initial Child Protection Conference


The Initial Child Protection Conference should take place within 15 working days of the  Strategy Discussion or, where more than one Strategy Discussion took place, of the Strategy Discussion at which the Section 47 Enquiry was initiated.


The Initial Conference should, where possible, be held before expiry of an Emergency Protection Order, if further legal action is planned.


Where a Child Assessment Order has been made the conference should be held immediately on conclusion of examinations and assessments.


Any delay must have written agreement from the authorised manager (including reasons for the delay) and Children's Social Care must ensure risks to the child are monitored and action taken to safeguard the child.

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