A Child Protection Conference is a multi-agency meeting held as a result of Children’s Services, or another agency, having concerns in relation to your child/children.

A date will be set for the Initial Child Protection Meeting to which you will be invited to. Professional’s involved with your child/children will also be invited to discuss matters within the meeting. Professionals usually include but are not limited to:

  • Social Worker
  • Midwife/ Health visitor
  • Police Representative
  • School/ nursery representative

An Independent Chair will be allocated to the matter and will hold the meeting with the view of gathering information regarding the child/children.

Once all parties have aired their views a decision will be made as to whether or not the child/children should be placed on a Child Protection Plan.

A Child Protection Plan lists all of the professionals involved with the child/children and details what work is to be done with them. A review meeting will also need to be made to track the progress of the plan should one be necessary. A Child Protection Plan can be made under a number of categories such as:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect

A Child Protection Plan does not affect your legal status as a parent.

Legal Aid is available for Child Protection Conferences subject to financial assessment. A Legal Representative can therefore assist and advise in relation to Children’s Services involvement. A Legal Representative can also attend Child protection Conferences with you, however they are not allowed to speak within the meeting. The role of a Legal Representative is to take a full note and advise you out of the Conference arena.

Here at Ringrose Law we have a team of experienced Legal Representatives who are able to advise on and attend Child Protection Conferences within the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire area. Should you be invited to attend a Child Protection Conference contact one of our team who will be happy to undertake an assessment for Legal Aid.

 

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