7.6 Child Protection Review Conference
Last reviewed in July 2022
Date of next review July 2024
- Purpose of the Review Child Protection Conference(Jump to)
- Timing of the Review Child Protection Conference(Jump to)
Purpose of the Review Child Protection Conference
The Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures Group recommend the following statement is read out at all relevant meetings.
Professional Difference Statement:
It is acknowledged that when working in the arena of safeguarding, it is inevitable that from time to time there will be professional differences. This is a positive activity and a sign of good professional practice and effective multi-agency working. During this meeting practitioners, irrespective of their seniority are encouraged to say if they feel that decisions, practice or actions do not effectively ensure the safety or well-being of the child/children.
The purpose of the Review Conference is to:
Consider whether the Child Protection Plan should continue in place or should be changed.
The Child Protection Review Conference should consider and decide whether a child continues to be at risk of Significant Harm and in need of a Child Protection Plan. The same threshold should be used to reach a judgment as is used at an Initial Child Protection Conference.
Decisions on continuing a Child Protection Plan should be based on risk and not as a means of securing a particular level of support.
If the Child Protection Plan continues, the relevance of the category of Significant Harm should be reviewed.
Timing of the Review Child Protection Conference
Please see 5.3 Pre-Birth Conference for timings related to Pre-Birth Conferences.
If a child is put on a Child Protection Plan, the first Review Conference must be held within 3 months of the Initial Conference.
Further reviews must be held at intervals of not more than 6 months, for as long as the child remains on a Child Protection Plan.
Consideration should always be given to bringing the date of a Conference forward: