Core Group Standards Leaflet
The core group meeting is the key multi-agency mechanism for achieving effective implementation of the child protection plan. Although children’s social care are the lead agency all members of the core group are jointly responsible for carrying out the tasks, refining the Child Protection Plan (CPP) and monitoring progress.
This leaflet is for members of a Core Group for a child who is the subject of a Child Protection Plan. Members could include; the Social Worker, who leads the Core Group as the Key Worker; family members/carers; identified professionals; or the child/young person where appropriate. These members share responsibility for taking action to assist parents/carers to keep that child safe. A Core Group that works well together is the most effective means of contributing to keeping a child safe.
Dealing With Disagreements Leaflet
Occasionally situations arise when workers within one agency feel that the actions, inaction or decisions of another agency do not adequately safeguard a child. All professionals have a duty to act assertively and proactively to ensure that a child’s welfare is the paramount consideration in all professional activity. Therefore all professionals must challenge the practice of other professionals where they are concerned that this practice is placing children at risk of harm.