Concerns over 15 day wait for child protection case conference

A Gloucestershire Coroner has raised serious concerns about why it takes up to 15 days for an urgent Child Protection Case Conference to be convened.

While hearing the case of 3 month old  Xanthe Tucker on Friday, assistant deputy coroner Tom Osborne said he couldn’t understand why something urgent was not arranged sooner.

Speaking at the inquest, Gloucestershire County Council service manager for Stroud Glenda Duirs explained the timing of 15 days was based on Government guidelines.

She said:

“A case conference is not a way of immediately safeguarding a child. It is where the child is placed on a particular multi-agency plan to help ensure its safety. Should immediate safeguarding be required we would use legal processes to get an emergency protection order for the child.”