Child Protection Enquiry Record
child protection enquiry record is used in many local authorities
to record decisions made during a child protection enquiry.
Using a Child Protection Enquiry Record
The child protection enquiry record will be started on
the completion of an Initial Assessment. In some cases,
this initial assessment may have been very brief.
The child protection enquiry record is in three parts:
Part 1 records the information provided by other agencies
during the enquiries. A separate record of enquiries should
be made for each child in the family. The date and time
the information was provided should be recorded along with
the name of the professional supplying the information.
Factual information should be clearly distinguished from
the opinions of other professionals.
Part 2 provides a record of the decisions made at the strategy
meeting. Where the child protection concerns relate to more
than one child in the family, it is important that actions
are co-ordinated. This section of the child protection enquiry
record enables decisions to be recorded separately for each
child in the household. This will facilitate access to the
record by the child. On completion a copy of Part 2 should
be placed on each child's file.
If a video interview is required a separate record should
be kept of the plan for the interview in accordance with
the guidance set out in the Memorandum of Good Practice
(Home Office and Department of Health 1992).
Part 3 records the outcome of the enquiries and identifies
any further actions necessary to safeguard or promote the
child's welfare. Where enquiries have been undertaken on
more than one child in a family, there is a separate section
for each child. A copy of the competed Part three should
be placed on each child's file. Where it is decided that
a child protection case conference is required, Part 3 should
be used to identify the areas of the Core Assessment that
should be completed as a priority before the conference.
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