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Review Case Conference

Any child whose name is placed on the child protection register will be reviewed within three months after the initial child protection case conference and after that at intervals of no more than six months.

When should a review be bought forward?

Consideration will be given to bringing forward the date of a review conference where:


Format of a review conference

Each review conference will:


Hearing the child's voice

This is the same as for initial case conferences - more information can be found on this page, Involvement of children at conference.

Involvement of parents / carers This is the same as for initial case conferences - more information can be found on this page, Involvement of parents and carers - at conference.

A conference cannot go ahead unless there is a social worker present from services for children and young people, and at least two other professional groups or agencies that have had direct contact with the child.

Lessons from research

The enquiry into the death of Caleb Ness, who died aged 11 weeks, focused on the child protection conference about him. It was noted that the ward nurse, who was attending her first conference, did not feel able to say what she really thought, because she felt herself to be of lower status than the other professionals there. Unfortunately, she was the person who had spent most time with the parents and the child.

It is therefore important to make sure that all members of the conference, including children, young persons and parents, are taking part fully, and this should not be the sole responsibility of the chair.


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