If you are interested in child protection system in the UK, the NSPCC has produced a handy fact sheet entitled ‘The child protection system in the UK‘.
It provides brief answers to the following questions:
- Who are the key agencies involved in child protection?
- What laws govern the child protection system in the UK?
- What is the relevance of Every Child Matters to child protection?
- What is the role of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) in child protection?
- How are child protection concerns reported?
- What happens after a referral?
- What is involved in an initial assessment?
- What is a ‘section 47’ enquiry?
- What is a core assessment?
- What are child protection conferences and why are they held?
- What is involved in care proceedings?
- What circumstances warrant a serious case review?
This factsheet deals mainly with England, but reference is made to other UK jurisdictions, who have their own systems, legislation and procedures, which work in similar ways.