5.2 Initial Child Protection Conference
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:
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.