Child Protection Conferences completed within timescales

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. Progress on this plan is monitored and reviewed at set intervals, through core group meetings and review child protection conferences.
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.
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: SCP Safeguarding Children Partnership
The Council’s target to have 99% of review child protection conferences held within the required time frames.

May 2020 performance

Performance has dropped slightly this month due to two review child protection conference being held out of timescales – one was delayed due to a late report to conference, and one to enable the parent to attend.
 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.
 Covid is not expected to impact due to virtual processes in place.
Our 2020-21 milestone target is 99%
The learning gained in respect of planning for children coming off child protection plans at first review has been shared in a workshop with child protection advisors and the learning in respect of children who have been on a plan for over 15 months will be shared across the service in April. This will further assist our capacity to ensure that the right children are on plans and are reviewed in accordance with statutory timescales.

Actions

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.