Child Protection Conferences

New Approach to Child Protection Conferences

Implementing the approach in Kirklees:

The Safety Plan:

The introduction of a new approach to child protection conferences, and new child protection/ child in need plans, will have implications for:

It is proposed that the implementation of this approach to child protection conferences will be overseen by a project group to formulate and co-ordinate the necessary measures for its implementation to include:

Further information about the ‘Strengthening Families' conference process, including videos demonstrating the process, is available  Updated 29 October 2014

Professionals should use the forms below to submit information to child protection conferences in Kirklees:

Initial Child Protection Conference

Please provide as much information as you can on the form.  The information you provide will contribute to comprehensive risk analysis, decision making and planning for the children being considered at the conference.

Initial Child Protection Conference Report Form

Updated 14/02/2014 

Review Child Protection Conference 

The report form has been designed to help professionals update their information, take part in ongoing risk analysis, make  decisions on whether to continue or discontinue the child protection plan, and where appropriate update the child protection plan.

Review Conference Report Form

Updated   14/02/2014

Measuring the Impact of Child Protection Case Conferences

In Kirklees we have used the ‘Strengthening Families Model’ of Child Protection Conferences for over 2 years.

We are implementing “Risk Sensible” a new social work model and will need to make some changes in how we deliver Child Protection Conferences.  We need to know how you have experienced the conference so we can make comparisons and measure impact once the changes have been implemented.

We are evaluating the current model to explore whether it is meeting its objectives:

Engaging parents, children and family members more in the process and plan development;
Ensuring parents, children, family members and professionals are able to be heard in conferences;
Developing better plans for children.

We want to maintain these objectives and ensure that any amendments we make are beneficial to outcomes for children.

To take part in the survey, click here

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