Integrated Children's System
Record of Strategy Discussion
There are three exemplars concerned with child protection:
Record of the Strategy Discussion;
Record of Outcome of s47 enquiries;
Initial Child Protection Conference Report.
They specifically relate to Working Together to Safeguard
Children (Department of Health (1999) from the time
of the strategy discussion to the holding of an initial
child protection conference. They are intended to support
the ongoing assessment process that takes place following
the raising of concerns about a child’s safety until
the initial child protection conference. This concern
may be raised at any time during work with children and
RECORD OF THE STRATEGY DISCUSSION
A strategy discussion should be held whenever there is
reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering
or likely to suffer significant harm (see paragraphs
5.28 – 5.32, Working Together to Safeguard Children).
The Record of Strategy Discussion records
the decisions made at a strategy discussion/meeting. Such
discussions may take place following a referral to social
services and initial assessment, or at any other time,
if concerns about significant harm emerge in the course
of social services work with a child and family.
Integrated Children's System Record of Strategy Discussion
Completing the Record of Strategy Discussion
A strategy discussion may take place at a meeting or
by telephone. Where more than one strategy discussion
is held in relation to a child or young person, a separate
Record of the Strategy Discussion should
be completed for each discussion. If more than one child
or young person in a family is the subject of a strategy
discussion, a separate record should be completed for
each child or young person. It will be important for these
records to be collated and that further actions identified
for individual children or young people are co-ordinated.
Where an action applies to more than one child or young
person, it should be recorded within each record. This
will help to ensure that actions (and the recording of
these) do not become separated from the individual children
and young people to whom they apply.
It is the responsibility of the person chairing the strategy
discussion to ensure that a record of the discussion is
completed and copied to all those involved in the discussion.