Participating in Core Groups and Child Protection Conferences. Patrick Ayre Department of Applied Social Studies University of Bedfordshire Park Square, Luton email: [email protected] web: http://patrickayre.co.uk. Objectives.
“Where the agencies most involved judge that a child may continue to, or be likely to, suffer significant harm local authority children’s social care should convene a child protection conference”.
“The aim of the conference is to enable those professionals most involved with the child and family, and the family themselves, to assess all relevant information and plan how best to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child”.
Working Together 2010
The purpose of assessment is to understand what it is like to be that child (and what it will be like in the future if nothing changes)
What do social workers say about other professionals?
What do other professionals say?
(Reder et al., 1993)
Kelly and Milner (1996)
Two main purposes:
May seem like a chore BUT:
What would you look for yourself?
Born in 1942, he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment at the age of 25. After 5 unsuccessful fights, he gave up his attempt to make a career in boxing in 1981 and has since had no other regular employment
Research on bread indicates that
Chronic abuse and the principle of cumulativeness
In Cleaver, H, Wattam, C and Cawson, P Assessing Risk in Child Protection, NSPCC, 1998
Department of Health (1991) Child abuse: A study of inquiry reports, 1980-1989, HMSO
You have gathered lots of information but now what?
All you need to do is ask yourself my favourite question:
You have collected all this data, but what does this mean, for the young person, for the family and for the authority?
It is the combination of intuitive and analytic modes that produces the kind of evidence-based practice by which social work knowledge establishes its relevance, expertise and authority
“The CAF is a shared assessment and planning framework for use across all children’s services and all local areas in England. It aims to help the early identification of children and young people’s additional needs and promote co-ordinated service provision to meet them”
Any time you are worried about a child’s progress towards the five ECM priority outcomes
Young people may be
but have the same right to be safeguarded as any other child.
“The reviews showed that state care did not always support these young people fully and that they experienced ‘agency neglect’” Brandon and others (2008).