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What is a Child Protection Conference?

A child protection conference is convened when someone under the age of 18 years old 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 report 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.

Signs of Safety:

In Sheffield we use the 'signs of safety' model for 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, parents and carers familiarise themselves before the conference takes place:

Sheffield leaflets:

SCSP Learning Brief:

SCSP city-wide policies and procedures:

National guidance:

Training:

Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care

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