This will include the following:
- Considering the need for a medical assessment;
- Agreeing what action is required immediately to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child, and/or provide interim services and support. If the child is in hospital, decisions should also be made about how to secure the safe discharge of the child;*
- Determining what information from the Strategy Discussion will be shared with the family, unless such information sharing may place a child at increased risk of Significant Harm or jeopardise Police investigations into any alleged offence(s)
- Agreeing who should be interviewed, by whom, for what purpose, and when;
- Agreeing when the child will be seen alone by the Lead Social worker (unless inappropriate) in order to ascertain the child's wishes and feelings in regard to decision making;
- In the light of the race and ethnicity of the child and family, considering how this should be taken into account, and establishing whether an interpreter will be required; and
- Considering the needs of other children who may affected, for example, siblings and other children, such as those living in the same establishment, in contact with alleged abusers.
*If the child is subject to a Section 47 Enquiry, a Strategy Meeting involving the social worker, the police, the consultant paediatrician and the named nurse/midwife for child protection or other senior member of nursing/midwifery staff will take place at the earliest opportunity. There will be a written agreement between parents and Children’s Social Care regarding contact, visiting arrangements and level of supervision required. The terms of this will be documented in the child’s medical notes. Supervised visiting will be arranged by children’s social care. There will be written agreement between parents and children’s social care with regard to discharge. All of this information will be documented in the child’s medical notes along with a copy of the plan.
Any child/neonate subject to a Section 47 Enquiry will not be discharged until a discharge strategy meeting with all professionals involved has taken place. In relation to the neonate, full planning may have taken place in the antenatal period and a copy of the hospital plan with discharge details will be in their notes.