Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-
The parents or carers of the child will be invited to attend. The child may be invited to attend all or part of the conference, but only if they are of sufficient age and maturity to understand the procedure.
The professionals invited should include all those who can make a significant contribution to the discussions. Those who are invited but cannot attend should be invited to submit a written report. All of the professionals who attend the meeting should file a report outlining their involvement and other relevant information. Such reports should be provided before the meeting to allow the reader to digest the information but in practice, the reports are usually provided on the day of the CPC.
The people who may attend a CPC can include the following;
1. Child or his/her representative;
2. Family members (including wider family, where this is appropriate);
3. The social worker or team manager who is involved with the family. This can also include any outreach workers or other Local Authority staff involved with the family;
4. Foster carers or residential care staff;
5. Professionals involved with the child, such as doctors, support staff, teachers or education workers;
6. Professionals involved in any investigations, such as the Police or Probation Service;
7. Experts, if appropriate, such as hospital consultants;
8. A representative of the NSPCC
This list is not exhaustive and other relevant people may be invited to attend.
Involvement with Social Services can be a very worrying time and you might have been told that you do not need a solicitor. It is very important that you do seek independent legal advice before agreeing to a working agreement or placement. We offer free no obligation initial appointments to everyone and during that appointment we will assess you for legal aid.
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