Child Protection Conferences and Contextual Safeguarding Conferences

Child Protection Conferences in Norfolk

The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for Child Protection in England. It sets out policy, legislation and statutory guidance on how the Child Protection system should work.

A Child Protection Conference is held where concerns of significant harm are substantiated, and the Children/Young Person is judged to be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. It may also take place where there are concerns about an unborn child.

The first meeting is called an Initial Child Protection Conference and any subsequent meetings are called Review Child Protection Conferences.

At the Child Protection Conference relevant professionals will be asked to share information, identify any concerns along with any strengths and safety, and outline what needs to be done to protect the Children/Young People.

In England, this meeting must happen within 15 working days of a Strategy discussion being held.

If a Child Protection Plan is agreed Family and Professionals will produce an outline Child Protection Plan which the Core Group will develop and implement.

A Core Group comprises of family members and professionals.

Child Protection Conferences in Norfolk use the Signs of Safety model which is a tool to help practitioners with risk assessment and safety planning. Its purpose is to enable practitioners across different disciplines to work collaboratively and in partnership with families and Children/Young People to achieve the best outcomes for Children and Young People.

All conferences are Chaired by an Independent Child Protection Chair and are attended by a Social Worker from Norfolk County Council.

Young People can attend the Child Protection Conference, or they can have someone speak on their behalf, such as a Family member or independent Advocate.

For further information on Child Protection Conference documents please click the links below:

Contextual Safeguarding Conferences


Norfolk Child Protection Procedures are clear that an Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC) must be convened when it is believed that a Child/Young Person is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

However, we are increasingly working with Children/Young People who have suffered or are at risk of suffering significant harm where the risk is attributed to Criminal and Sexual exploitation.

The Contextual Safeguarding Conference is a way of acknowledging, sharing, managing and reviewing the risk to the Child/Young Person in partnership with the Child/Young Person, Parent/Carer/Family Network and Partner Agencies. The aim is to develop a plan with measurable outcomes to reduce the risk to the Child/Young Person within appropriate timescales.


To ensure we can best address and meet the needs of children/young people who are being exploited, the Contextual Safeguarding Conference Guidance goes through the stages from ‘Assessment to Plan’.

A Professionals Views and Parents Views Decision Form for Contextual Safeguarding Conferences can be found here.

Next steps

Whilst the attached guidance outlines the stages pre and post Contextual Safeguarding Conference, please contact the Independent Reviewing Team on 01603 222288 should you wish to discuss any aspect of the Contextual Safeguarding Conference process.