Safeguarding Children:

Child Protection Conferences

Child Protection Conferences

The chairing and administration of child protection conferences in Blackpool is the responsibility of the Safeguarding, Quality and Review service who can be contacted on 01253 478638. Conferences are run in accordance with Chapters 3.5 to 3.9 of the pan-Lancashire policy and procedures manual, which also cover the role of multi-agency practitioners in conferences.

Partner agencies in Blackpool work to the Child Protection Standards Pathway, which includes time frames and processes both prior to and after a child has become the subject of a child protection plan to prevent drift and delay.

If you are worried about the progress of a child protection plan and have not been able to solve this in the core group your concerns should be discussed with the conference chair who will follow the Issues Resolution Procedure. You should not wait until the next conference.

A new model for child protection conferences, in accordance with Blackpool Families Rock principles, was introduced in Blackpool in early 2020. Professionals in conferences are expected to work with families to help them understand the concerns that they have and to develop a joint plan to build on existing strengths and help them make the changes that are needed to keep their children safe. A new partner report to conferences has been launched which enables professionals to structure their information in the same way that it will be presented in the conference.

Partnership Agency Report to Child Protection Conference

Core group minutes