When children are identified as being at risk of continuing significant harm, they are made subject to a child protection plan at a child protection conference. This significant harm might be physical harm, sexual harm, emotional harm or neglect.
The child protection plan is agreed by the professionals and family members attending the child protection conference, and progress on this plan is monitored and reviewed at set intervals, through core group meetings and review child protection conferences.
A child will no longer remain subject to a child protection plan once they are no longer at risk of significant harm.
West Sussex County Council aims to have children on a child protection plan for as short a time as possible, as targeted interventions by professionals working alongside the family should be effective in reducing the risk of significant harm and protecting the child. It is the Council’s target to have no more than 1.9% of the children subject to child protection plans on that plan for more than two years.
Further information about child protection plans and child protection conferences can be found on the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board website, which can be accessed by clicking on this link: http://www.westsussexscb.org.uk/