Local authority involvement
Explains the responsibilities of local authorities and their powers to take action, if they are involved in investigating a case of child abuse.
Explains how local authorities investigate cases of child abuse, covering what section 17 and section 47 investigations are, and what happens during and after the investigation.
Explains what is meant by a ‘child in need’, when a child is not at risk of significant harm, but the family needs support. Covers how the child is assessed and what is included in a ‘child in need plan’.
Explains what a child protection conference is and when a local council can call for one to be held.
Explains what a child protection plan is, why it might be put in place to protect a child, what it covers, reviews and when it may end.
Explains what to do if social services are involved with your family, covering co-operating with social services, keeping records, getting advice and how to complain.