Where concerns about a child’s welfare are substantiated and the agencies most involved judge that a child may continue to suffer, or be at risk of suffering significant harm, the social care services department should convene an initial child protection conference. The purpose of the conference is to draw together the information that has been obtained and to make judgements on whether the child is at continuing risk of significant harmand whether he or she therefore requires a child protection plan to be put in place. It is set out in the inter-agency guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children” that an initial child protection conference should take place within 15 working days of the strategy discussion which decided whether s.47 enquiries should be initiated. The conference will result in a decision on whether the child will become the subject of a plan or not.
This is the percentage of initial child protection conferences held within 15 days of the start of the section 47 enquiries which led to a conference. Durations calculated for 2012/13 are different to those published previously as they are based upon the actual section 47 start date and the date of the initial child protection conference. In previous publications the duration shown was the time taken between the day the timescale for completing the section 47 enquiries began (which was not necessarily the day the section 47 enquiries started) to the day of the initial child protection conference. This measure excludes cases where the recorded initial child protection conference date is before section 47 date, however these will be included in overall number of ICPCs. If a child was the subject of section 47 enquiries on more than one occasion during the year, each occasion is recorded separately. Taken from Characteristics of Children in need, table C4. 2002-2008: Data taken from the CPR3 return. 2009 onwards: Data taken from the child level Children in need Census.
02 Nov 2018
Percentage of initial child protection conferences held within 15 days
a high value is good
Number of children who were subject to section 47 enquires and initial child protection conferences