Child at risk of significant harm

Child at risk of significant harm

Where the social worker has completed enough of their enquiry to believethat the child is suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm, they should hold a strategy discussion to decide whether to call an initial child protection conference.

How to do it

Members of the strategy discussion should question the worker abou twhy they think the child is at risk. It can be useful to think about the following questions, drawn from an overview of serious case reviews:

  • what is the child’s own view about life at home or in care?
  • how does the child respond to their parents or their carers?
  • what is life like for this child in this family?
  • how is this child different from others in the family, at school or in thestreet?