A Core Group should be set up in all cases where a decision has been reached to place a child on the Child Protection Register and a Child’s Plan has been produced. The primary purpose of the group is to co-ordinate and review the implementation and progress of the Child’s Plan.
The minute of the initial child protection case conference will record the decision to establish a Core Group and date of the first meeting.
Core Group meetings will be held monthly and chaired by the responsible Social Work Team Manager or a Senior Practitioner. The meetings will be attended by the child’s parents, other significant adults in the child’s life (when appropriate) and all professionals or person with a significant role and responsibility for carrying out tasks identified in the Child’s Plan. (hyperlink to core groups??)
Although the Core Group may identify additional actions required to progress actions agreed in the Child’s Plan, it is not the role of the Group to significantly amend the plan as this is the responsibility of the Review Child Protection Case Conference.
When a Review Child Protection Case Conference agrees that risks to a child have reduced sufficiently to remove their name from Fife’s Child Protection Register then there must be a Post Deregistration Child’s Plan meeting. The Reviewing Officer and those in attendance at the Conference will agree who is responsible for convening and chairing this meeting. The meeting will be chaired by the most appropriate person, possibly the lead professional or named person. If consensus cannot be reached the Reviewing Officer will make the final decision. This meeting should be held between 6 and 8 weeks of the Review Case Conference with the timing being agreed at the Conference.
The purpose of this meeting is to consider the child’s current situation and confirm that risk has not escalated since deregistration. If risk has escalated the situation will be assessed by social work. If risks remain reduced then the meeting should review the activity outlined in the Child’s Plan and at this point consider whether the child’s plan needs to be multi or single agency depending on the needs of the child and the agencies involved and follow the relevant guidance.