Child Protection Conferences

The course will explore child protection conferences, preparing child protection plans and the role of core groups to ensure the best outcomes for children at risk of harm.  You will have the opportunity to take part in a simulated Case Conference based on a detailed case study.

By the end of the course you will have a clear understanding of the assessment and decision-making processes and a sound grasp of the principles and processes for effective collaboration.   You will also gain skills in preparing for the Case Conference including how to write a formal report, identifying what is and what isn’t evidence-based information and how to challenge decisions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the nature and impact of roles and responsibilities within the child protection system
  • Knowledge of child protection conferences from the initial conference, core group work and review conferences.
  • To consider the best ways to engage families, children and young people in the child protection process
  • Have an awareness of the emotional dimensions of safeguarding work for you, your staff, children and family members
  • Explore the emotional impact from the disclosure of abuse
  • Best practice for ensuring effective multi-agency work.
  • Provide professional reports and contribute to inter-agency assessments, the gathering and sharing of information and appropriate analysis of risk
  • To understand the importance of the child protection plan and your contribution to its development and review.
  • To establish the importance of the child/young persons voice within the child protection process.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • Child Protection Process – Joint investigation process and roles / responsibilities of other professionals involved including consent issues of children.
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice
  • Have an awareness of promoting the wellbeing of children in care: messages from research: key findings.
  • Awareness of Staying close for care leavers.
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