Three months after your child has been placed on the Child Protection Register there is a formal meeting to review this decision. This meeting is called the Review Child Protection Conference.
The purpose of the review meeting is to look at what has changed and if there is still a need to have your child’s name on the Child Protection Register. The meeting will be very similar to the initial one where your child’s name was placed on the register. You will be supported to express your views and opinions at the meeting. You will be given a form to complete to help record your views and help to complete this if required. Depending on their age and understanding, your child may be invited to the meeting. In every case we will ensure that the meeting includes either your child’s views or observations from people who know and have been working with them.
At the end of the meeting a decision will be taken about whether there is still a need to keep your child’s name on the register. If it is decided that registration is to continue, the core group will carry on dealing with the Child Protection Plan and a further Review Child Protection Conference will take place three monthly or earlier if circumstances change. If it is decided that registration is no longer required, then support to you and your child will continue if it is needed.
You have the right to disagree with any decision made at the Review Child Protection Conference and to have your disagreement noted. If you disagree with the decision to keep your child’s name on the Child Protection Register or to remove your child’s name from the Child Protection Register, you have the right to appeal and request a review of this decision by writing to the Head of Social Work Services.
The request for a review of the decision should be made, in writing, within five working days of the original decision. Where necessary, your social worker or other staff member can advise and support you.
You should contact Head of Service: Children & Families and Criminal Justice, Educational and Social Services, East Ayrshire Council, London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7BU.
If at any time you feel that you need legal advice on what you or your child’s rights are you can contact: