Sometimes as part of a child protection investigation, we will hold an Initial Child Protection Conferences with you and those working with your family to discuss what has been happening for your child
The purpose of the meeting is to:
- share information about a child for whom there are child protection concerns
- jointly assess that information and determine whether there is a likelihood of significant harm that needs to be addressed through a Child Protection Plan
- determine whether or not there is a need to place your child's name on the Child Protection Register
Parents and carers will be invited to attend the meeting. The social worker will invite relevant professionals which may include:
- school staff
- housing staff
- health visitor or school nurse
- nursery staff
- voluntary organisation workers
- Angus Independent Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service
- criminal justice services
You can bring someone along as support, but the chairperson will decide how involved this person can be in the meeting. It's best to discuss this with your child's social worker beforehand.
Only children who are old enough to understand what is happening, and who will not be upset by the meeting will be able to attend. Please discuss this with your child's social worker.
The Child Protection Register is a way of professionals identifying children who are at risk.
It is a list of names, addresses, and dates of birth.
Access to the Child Protection Register is restricted, but information will be shared with other relevant agencies to protect your child.
At a Child Protection Case Conference, the chairperson will meet with you before the conference starts to explain the process and hear any concerns you might have.
If you wish to discuss anything with the chairperson before the meeting please call 01241 438489.
If your child's name is placed on the Child Protection Register, a Child Protection Plan will be agreed.
The plan sets out what needs to be done to reduce the risk of future harm and offers support to you and your child.
Usually , after no more than three months, there will be a review of the decision to place your child's name on the Child Protection Register.
If your child's name is not placed on the Child Protection Register but help or support is needed in caring for your child, this will be discussed at the meeting.
Any professional reports or views by parents received by the chairperson will be held on file in line with Angus Council's records management policy.
A written note of the conference will be produced by the review service and sent to you and everyone invited to the conference, unless the chairperson identifies a reason why information should not be shared with everyone.
Please discuss any concerns you might have with the chairperson.
For further information contact your child's social worker.
If you need to speak to someone out of office hours, contact 01382 307964.
We know that being involved with child protection services can be a stressful time for families.
It is important that:
- everything that is happening is explained to you.
- you and your child's views are listened to
- you are advised on the best way you can support your child during this time
If you feel you and your child have not been treated fairly during this time, you have the right to make a complaint.
For more information visit our making a complaint about a social work service page.
During or after your involvement in the child protection process, you may be invited to give your views on the services you receive.
If at any time you feel that you need legal advice on what you or your child's rights are, you can contact:
- a solicitor — legal aid may be available, visit the Scottish Legal Aid Board website for more info
- the Child Law Society
Angus also has an independent advocacy service for children and young people who are involved with child protection services. The advocate, who is employed by Who Cares? Scotland , will help your child to express their views and feelings in an age-appropriate way. Currently, the service is offered to children aged eight or over at the Initial Child Protection Conference stage.