7.4 Pre-Birth Conference
Last reviewed in July 2020
Date of next review July 2022
- Timing of Conference(Jump to)
- Attendance(Jump to)
- The Development of a Pre-Birth Child Protection Plan(Jump to)
- Timing of Review Conference Following a Pre-Birth Conference(Jump to)
- Pre-birth planning for care leavers(Jump to)
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.
A pre-birth Conference should be held where a:
Other risk factors to be considered are:
All agencies involved with a pregnant person and/or the putative father 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 as soon as is practicable and ideally no later than 28 weeks gestation, 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 (see Membership of Child Protection Conference Procedure). In addition representatives of the midwifery and relevant neo-natal services should also be invited.
Parents or carers should be invited as they would to be any other Child Protection Conferences and should be fully involved in plans for the child's future.
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. Read more about implementing a Child Protection Plan at Chapter 6 - The Child Protection Plan .
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.
The Conference Chair will decide the date.
Pre-birth planning for care leavers