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3.7 Access to and Enquiries of the List of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans

RELATED READING

See also Maintaining a List of Children subject to Child Protection Plans Procedure.

NB This chapter should be read in conjunction with the Recording Principles.

AMENDMENT

In January 2014, this chapter was updated in line with the single assessment framework.


Contents

  1. Police Access to the List of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans
  2. Enquiries of the List of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans


1. Police Access to the List of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans

See Working Agreement between Solihull Child Protection and Review Unit and West Midlands Police regarding Solihull's List of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans.

1.1 West Midlands Police are provided with a copy of the List of Children subject to Child Protection Plans every week. This information is recorded on the Police computer system with a marker placed on the child's home address.
1.2 The Child Protection and Review Unit is provided with a copy of all incidents attended by the Police involving children with a Child Protection Plan. This information is forwarded to the Lead Social Worker within 24 hours of receiving the information.


2. Enquiries of the List of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans

2.1 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010, Paragraph 5.154 (now archived) provides that if an enquiry is made about a child being known to Local Authority Children’s Social Care, the person receiving the enquiry should clarify the reason for the enquiry and ascertain any concerns that the enquirer may have.
2.2 If an enquiry is made about a child and the child's case is open to LA children's social care, the enquirer should be given the name of the child's Lead Social Worker and the Lead Social Worker should also be informed of the enquiry so that they can follow it up.
2.3 If an enquiry is made about a child living at the same address as a child who is the subject of a Child Protection Plan, this information should be sent to the Lead Social Worker of the child who is the subject of a Child Protection Plan. A decision should then be made by the responsible Assistant Team Manager as to what at action is required to address any concern identified by the enquiry. This may be to undertake an Social Work Assessment to determine whether the child is a child in need.
2.4 If an enquiry is made but the child is not known or open to LA children's social care, this enquiry should be recorded on a contact record. The reason for the enquiry should be established and recorded, together with the advice given to the enquirer. The enquirer should also be advised of the earlier enquiry. Where two separate enquiries are made about a child without a Child Protection Plan, the Children's Social Work Services Duty, Assessment and Referral Team will be notified so that they can consider, in consultation with other agencies, whether the child may be a Child in Need and whether there is a sufficient degree of concern sufficient to warrant an Social Work Assessment and/or Section 47 Enquiry.
2.5

Enquiries of the List of Children subject to Child Protection Plans can be made in the following ways:

  1. Professionals from other agencies must access the List during normal working hours by contacting the Child Protection and Review Unit;
  2. Outside normal working hours, all professionals should contact the Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team, which has direct access to the List 2.6.
2.6 Enquiries of the List should be made when there is cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer Significant Harm.
2.7 Enquirers' rights to access the List will be checked before information is provided and information will only be shared on a "call back" basis.
2.8 The Child Protection & Review Unit will monitor all enquiries of the List of Children with a Child Protection Plan.
2.9 Routine checks of the List are also carried out by Children's Social Work Services. These are checks such as the recruitment of foster carers and prospective adopters, or in line with policies agreed with member agencies.

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