October 2018 performance
Now that the team is up to establishment, performance against this measure remains good, albeit with a small drop to 96.8% in October - this was due to a Review Child Protection Conference being delayed by a few days to secure attendance due to the half-term.
We continue to ensure that Review Child Protection Conferences can only be held outside timescales in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of a senior manager who will have reviewed the case.
By continuing with this approach it is expected that we will continue to perform well against this target.
September 2018 performance
Now that the team is up to establishment, performance against this measure is still good, albeit with a small drop to 99.3% this month - this was due to a review child protection conference being delayed by a few days to secure attendance by key people.
We continue to ensure that review child protection conferences can only be held outside timescales in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of a senior manager who will have reviewed the case.
By continuing with this approach it is expected that we will continue to perform well against this target.
August 2018 performance
Performance against this measure is at 100% for the second consecutive month.
July 2018 performance
Performance has improved further against this target in July, with 100.0% of review child protection conferences having been held within the required timescales.  This is above our target of 99%  We have achieved this by ensuring that review conferences can only be held outside these timescales in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of a senior manager who will have reviewed the case.
 By continuing with this approach it is expected that we will continue to perform well against this target.
Quarter 1 - June 2018
Performance has improved against this target in June, with 97.7% of review child protection conferences having been held within the required timescales.  This is approaching our target of 99%, and is largely down to a reduced number of Child Protection Advisors (who chair the meeting); however, we have now recruited to all but one of these posts, and performance is expected to continue to improve against this target. 

March 2018 performance

At this quarter, performance has improved against this target, with 98.2% of review child protection conferences having been held within the required timescales. We have achieved this by ensuring that review conferences can only be held outside these timescales in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of a senior manager who will have reviewed the case. By continuing with this approach it is expected that we will continue to improve and perform well against this target.

December 2018 performance

At this quarter, we are performing well against this target, with 100% of review child protection conferences having been held within the required timescales. We have achieved this by ensuring that review conferences can only be held outside these timescales in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of a senior manager who will have reviewed the case.

By continuing with this approach it is expected that we will continue to perform well against this target.

Background

Review Child Protection Conference timeliness

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.

The first review child protection conference is held three months after the initial conference, and they are then held at least six monthly thereafter. These review conferences are important to ensure progress against the child protection plan is good, and to hold families and professionals to account. On rare occasions it is necessary to delay a review conference by a small amount of time to, for example, accommodate attendance by the family or a key professional. However, this should be very rare, and it is the Council’s target to have 99% of review child protection conferences held within the required time frames.

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/