A child protection conference is a meeting which has been arranged because there are concerns about the safety and wellbeing of a child.
The purpose of the meeting is to decide if you, or your children, are at risk of being physically, sexually, or emotionally harmed or neglected.
The meeting will decide how everyone in your life is going to help children be safe and make their life better.
How can you participate?
Warrington Safeguarding Partnership actively encourages parents and young people to make their views, feelings and wishes known when attending the meeting. Your views are very important and will help make the right decisions about your future.
- you could attend the meeting, you will be supported to attend the full conference or part of the conference and you can have someone with you if that helps. The social worker and chairperson will speak to you about this before the meeting starts.
- you could ask someone who is attending to share your views or you can write it down, or make an audio recording or video clip that can be played at the meeting. You could draw a picture, send a PowerPoint presentation or any other media file.
- an advocate could be asked to attend and speak on your behalf.
Your social worker can help you choose the best way to participate in the conference.
Who else will be at the conference?
- the person who chairs the meeting
- someone who will type what is said
- a school health adviser or health care representative
- your social worker
- your social worker's manager
- a police officer who works with young people and their families
- someone from school/college
- we may invite other people who are important in your life
Your views are important and will be taken into account. All information discussed at the meeting is private and confidential, but it may be necessary to share some details with others so they can help protect you and your family.