What happens next?
|Why are people concerned about my safety?|
|This is a natural question to ask. This page will help you understand what this means and what will happen over the first few weeks. Try and keep in mind:|
|Can I be involved?|
|Yes – it is important that you tell us what you feel and what you would like to happen.|
Everyone recognises that bringing up children can be challenging at times. All agencies who work with children and families will want to work with you and your family to offer help and support.
|What happens in an enquiry?|
|You will be appointed a Social Worker who will want to talk to a number of people to find out if you are being cared for safely. They will want to talk to:|
|Will the Police be involved?|
|A Police Officer may have to be involved and will probably visit with the Social Worker. They will explain if you need to have a special interview and how this is arranged. They will usually not be in uniform and are specially trained in working with Children and Young People.Remember that you should ALWAYS ask to see identification of any worker who comes to see you.|
|What will happen after the enquiries?|
|In many cases enquiries show that they are no grounds for concern. If this is the case you will be told as soon as possible, generally by the Social Worker who first visited you.The Social Worker may talk to you and your family about what additional support you would like.|
|What happens if the enquiries show that it is something more serious?|
|A meeting called a Child Protection Conference will be held. If you are invited to the Child protection conference your social worker and the Conference Chairperson will talk to you about what will happen. If you do not attend the meeting your views are still very important and the Chairperson will talk to you about how you can contribute.|
|An enquiry into your safety maybe upsetting and stressful. To help with this, please try and keep the following in mind:|