Child protection conferences
Produced in partnership with Claire Cousin

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Claire Cousin provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Child protection conferences
  • The initial child protection case conference
  • When should a local authority convene an ICPCC?
  • Pre-birth concerns
  • Who can attend an ICPCC?
  • The child protection plan
  • What is a child in need plan?
  • Who is a child in need?
  • What are the local authority’s obligations when a child is identified as a child in need?
  • When is a child in need plan required?
  • More...

Child protection conferences

Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the related statutory instruments.

Local authorities have a statutory duty for safeguarding all children in their areas. The Secretary of State for Education is required to issue guidance in this regard. The protocols and procedures for putting these safeguarding duties into place are outlined in the Working Together Guidance 2018 (WTG). The purpose of the WTG is to set out these duties in detail. The WTG should be read and followed by all professionals who commission and provide services for children and families eg local authorities, health services, adult services, schools and the police. A range of organisations and agencies working with children and families have specific statutory duties to promote the welfare of children and ensure they are protected from harm. The duties of different organisations and agencies are set out in WTG, Chapter 2.

The initial child protection case conference

The initial child protection case conference (ICPCC) is an inter-agency meeting convened by a local authority. ICPCCs are held to consider how to promote and safeguard the welfare of children of a family in circumstances where concerns regarding a child’s welfare have been identified and substantiated and it

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