Child Protection Plans
If the Local Authority have concerns about your children they will come and speak to you. If they continue to be concerned they may place your child on a Child Protection Plan.
If Social Services have contacted you and you need advice, please contact us immediately.
What is a Child Protection Plan?
A Child Protection Plan enables both the family and associated professionals to understand what is expected of them in relation to the welfare and safety of a child. The Child Protection Plan is a written record for parents, carers and professionals.
A Child Protection Plan should:
- assess the likelihood of the child suffering harm and look at ways that the child can be protected;
- state the members of the Core Group;
- clarify the actions to be taken to protect the child; and
- outline ways of monitoring and evaluating progress.
A record of the Child Protection Plan will be kept by the agencies that were invited to the meeting, the parents and any older children.
What is a Child Protection Conference?
A Child Protection Conference is a meeting that is designed to help plan the best way forward for safeguarding a child or children. Parents are encouraged to attend these meetings and they have the right to take someone with for support or to have a family law solicitor present.
This meeting determines whether or not the child/children have suffered or are likely to suffer any significant harm. The meeting will also aim to determine whether or not there should be a formal Child Protection Plan put into place. If this is agreed upon, then a detailed statement will be given to the parents outlining the protection services to be provided.
If it is decided that a formal Protection Plan is not necessary but there are still concerns about a child’s wellbeing, then an agreement may be made between the parents, older children and professionals that a ‘family support plan’ should be put in place. (This is sometimes known as a ‘child in need’ plan).
There will be a review Conference three months after the initial Conference, where the Protection Plan is looked at and decisions are reached as to whether or not the plan needs to continue.
In some cases, the Conference may exclude a parent from the meeting, for reasons including:
- They are suspected of being the perpetrator of abuse or neglect;
- They have a history of violence or is likely to be violent towards someone at the meeting;
- They have severe mental health issues, or,
- They are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you want advice as Social Services have told you they are concerned about your children or you feel you have wrongfully been excluded from a child protection meeting, then you should speak to your Ashmans Family solicitor and they will help you. Ashmans Solicitors have experienced solicitors who will provide you with the assistance you need.
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