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The child protection system in the UK

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.