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Child Protection Conferences

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Strengthening Families Model of Conferencing

The ‘Strengthening Families’ model aims to foster as far as possible a spirit of collaborative working between professionals and families. The model incorporates a stage of information sharing in which all of those present (including family members) are invited to participate. Family members are asked to put forward their views, to talk about their own strengths/concerns and to contribute ideas about the best way forwards. This provides a balanced picture of the family, and an awareness of some of the positives that already exist and can be built upon.

Information that is shared within the context of a ‘Strengthening Families’ conference is organised using a specific framework that also acts as a tool for risk assessment.

With the support from our Partner Agencies we will be able to audit and monitor the progress in order to ensure excellence for Birmingham Children and Families.

Information for practitioners around the Strengthening Families Framework Model of Conference:

With support from key partner representatives, we reviewed the multi-agency report to Initial Child Protection Form (ICPC) and Review Child Protection Conference (RCPC) and have shortened the form. We have developed a shorter form for those attending a RCPC. The report for RCPC is simply an update on key issues or developments.

Professional agency reports should be submitted to: