CSCP 5 Minute Briefing : CP Case Conference Agenda and Report Template - updated version

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

Briefing for Partners - CP Case Conference Agenda and Report Template


As you will be aware, Signs of Safety is our approach to social work practice with children and families in Cumbria. The methodology supports our vision that the best place for children and young people to grow up is within their families and networks where they have the potential to care for them safely, and when this is not possible, to provide a secure and stable home and help them achieve their full potential.

In order to ensure the consistency of practice across Cumbria that is both high quality and working within the Signs of Safety principles, children’s social care will be introducing some ‘bottom lines’ of practice. Whilst children's social care will largely lead on these, it is critical our partners are aware of how practice will look and how you can support this to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and families. Multi-agency partnership working is key to effective and sustainable safety planning for children, and we are committed to ensuring our communication on practice is as transparent and joined-up as possible.

This implementation date was postponed from 1 April 2020 due to COVID-19, but the practice bottom lines will now be introduced from 1 December 2020, and will apply to all NEW Child in Need and Child Protection cases from that date. There will also be a new child protection case conference agenda introduced, which will further align conferences with the approach.

To support this, the following resources will be available on the CSCP website:

  • New Case Conference Agenda (available from 1 December 2020)
  • Narrated presentation for multi-agency partners attending conferences (available now via YouTube video)
  • New multi-agency report template for conferences (available from 7th December 2020)
  • Guidance for professionals attending conferences (available from 7th December 2020)

If you would like to book on one of the forums please contact the relevant forum lead - contact can be found on CSCP 5 Minute Briefing : Practitioner Forums - November/December 2020

The narrated presentation will give an overview of the practice bottom lines, professionals’ reports to conference and the new conference agenda, and will focus on how these will be reflected in child protection case conferences. These changes have been discussed at the CSCP’s Learning and Improvement Sub-Group, and partners will be consulted at the district Practitioner Forums throughout November and December, prior to the new report template going live on 7 December 2020. The dates for the Practitioner Forums are:

Allerdale – Wednesday 2 December, 10:00 – 12:00

Barrow – Tuesday 17th November, 9:30 – 11:00

Carlisle and Eden – Wednesday 18th November, 12:30 – 2:30

Copeland and Millom - Friday 4th December, 10:00 – 12:00

South Lakes - Wednesday 18th November, 10:00 – 11:30

If you have any questions about the guidance, the practice bottom lines, report template or new agenda, please email