When a Child Protection Plan is in place, progress of the plan and on the welfare of the child will be monitored by a regular review process. The first Child Protection Case Conference will be within the three months of the initial child protection case conference (ICPC) being held and any review conferences will occur at minimum interval of every six months. The purpose of a review conference is to review the health, development and safety of the child in view to the child protection plan that has been put in place.
The main aim of the review is to ensure that the child continues to be adequately safeguarded and where necessary to make decisions on whether the care plan needs to be continued, changed or discontinued. Reviews will be made up of core group meetings and Child Protection Review Conferences. Any plans that continue following on from each review will be based on what the professionals and family are still concerned on.
If you are involved in a Child Protection Review process or child welfare issues, it is in your best interests to acquire professional legal advice at the earliest opportunity. At Cartwright King, we take a non-judgemental, professional approach to our client’s cases and acknowledge your right to legal representation. Our acclaimed Child Care solicitors will put your mind at ease by supporting you through the legal proceedings and representing you in court if the need arises.
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Everyone has the right to advice if they are dealing with issues relating to their child’s welfare. Our experienced lawyers are available at any time of day or night to help you. Our highly skilled Child Care team are here to take the worry off your hands.
We will happily provide an initial free telephone consultation to discuss your situation in more detail and if you are happy to proceed with our services, you will either be quoted an estimated or a fixed fee on a private fee paying basis. In some cases, Legal Aid may be available. Our fees will be dependent on a variety of factors such as what your case entails and the duration of your case. Please feel free to contact us for a no obligation quote on 0808 168 5550 or email us using the enquiry form below.
Child Protection Review Conferences and what to expect
In a review conference, the set-up is relatively similar to that of the initial Child Protection Case Conference. Core group members will provide the reports on the progress the child and family are making. Other relevant professionals involved in the family life such as police officers, midwives, teachers, school nurses, health visitors and housing association workers may be in attendance. Parents or guardians for the child and members of the family support network can also attend the meetings. You can ask a solicitor to attend with you, however they are only able to spectate, but can advise you following on from the review on the next steps you should take.
Just like the initial conference, the attendees will be discussing the child’s welfare. They will look at the Child Protection Plan put in place from the first conference and evaluate how well the plan is working within the child’s home situation, the role of the parent in keeping the child safe and whether the risks posed to the child are improving. As most children that have child protection plans remain at home, the review process is an integral part to ensuring the child’s welfare. The review process can prompt adjustments to the care plan or even allow for the care plan to be dropped if it is deemed no longer necessary. If after a review, it becomes apparent that the care plan is not working or the child is still at risk of significant harm there may be recommendations that the child is cared for outside of the family home.
In these circumstances, the child could be looked after by extended members of the family or alternatively, by foster carers. This decision can be made with the parent’s agreement or through legal action being taken – please see the section relating to care proceedings. If this happens then it is paramount that you instruct a solicitor. Removing a child from their family home could be a temporary measure, however, the local authority could look for it to become a more permanent solution.
When will the Child Protection Plan end?
The protection plan does not necessarily end after the review conference. Only if the professionals attending agree that the child is no longer at significant risk of harm will the child be taken off a protection plan. The decision ultimately lies with the independent conference chairperson who will take into consideration the views of all professionals at the review conference. Even if a child is deemed to no longer need a child protection plan, further support to the parents may be provided via a Child In Need plan.
If you are dealing with any child care concerns or are attending a Child Protection Review Conference, it is in your best interests to get legal advice on the matter. If you or somebody you know is going through a child protection review conference or has been issued with a child protection plan, our experienced Child Care solicitors are available to advise you throughout the entire process to adhere to the procedure and build a strong case for your defence. We promise to:
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Treat your case in a non-judgemental, sensitive manner
- Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
- Represent you in court where necessary
- Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
- Take the worry off your hands
- Prepare an appeal if necessary
Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending family matters, with our acclaimed Child Care solicitors who are renowned for their professional approach.
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