CSCP 5 Minute Briefing : CP Case Conference Agenda, Template and Partner Briefings

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CSCP 5 minute briefing

Briefing for Partners - CP Case Conference Agenda, Template and Partner Briefings


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, on 1st December children’s social care introduced ‘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.

From 1st December the bottom lines apply to all NEW Child in Need and Child Protection cases.

There is now a new child protection case conference agenda, which will further align conferences with the approach.

To support this, the following resources are now available on the CSCP website:

  • New Case Conference Agenda
  • Narrated presentation for multi-agency partners attending conferences (available now via YouTube video)
  • New multi-agency report template for conferences
  • Guidance for professionals attending conferences
  • A narrated presentation which gives 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.

We have also produced two recorded briefings to give a comprehensive overview of Signs of Safety being used in Child Protection, and Signs of Wellbeing and Success being used in Early Help. These two briefing will give an overview of the whole model and details what the practice approach will look like in both Child Protection and Early Help, and the type of conversations, questions, and tools you can expect to see being used across the Local Authority.

These briefings can be found on the CSCP website and can also be accessed here:

Signs of Safety Partner Briefings

Signs of Wellbeing and Success

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