What is a Child Protection Conference?
A child protection conference happens when a child has suffered or is likely to suffer significant harm and an assessment by a social worker from Children's Social Care indicates that a child protection plan might be necessary.
Professionals attending the conference are expected to contribute information about their involvement with the children, young people, parents or carers and contribute to the decision about whether the child or young person is at risk of significant harm and if a child protection plan is needed.
Strengths Based Approach to Child Protection Conferences
In Sheffield we use a “Strengths Based Approach” to child protection conferences, involving parents as much as possible and helping them to understand the concerns of professionals.
below are useful summaries about different parts of the conference process to help practitioners and parents/carers familiarise themselves before the conference takes place: