*Need to add in C-19 measures*
1) The person who runs the meeting (the Chair) will contact you before the meeting. They will talk to you about what happens in the meeting and answer any questions you may have.
2) The professionals invited to the meeting should have already provided reports that say what they think is working well for your child and what the worries are. You should have had copies of these reports in advance but sometimes these reports are provided only just before the meeting. You will be given some time to read any you may not have seen. The Chair will also ask you about how you feel about talking in the meeting and help you with this if you feel nervous about speaking. People in the meeting are friendly and there to help.
3) The main points of the things discussed in the meeting are typed on a screen which should be visible to everyone. You and everyone else can check what is being typed and let us know if things have not been typed accurately – we don’t usually bother abut spelling mistakes as these are sorted out after the meeting.
4) At the start of the meeting everyone says who they are. You might know some people – your child’s teacher and Social Worker for example.
5) The Chair of the meeting will talk with you about the worries about your child and about strengths in your family, particularly those that might help to sort out the worries. They will ask you what you think about things and what you think might help.
6) Your child’s Social Worker and other people in the meeting will also have an opportunity to talk about things and you can ask them questions if you wish.
7) The Chair of the meeting will go over the main points of what has been said and check with you and everyone else that these points have been properly typed up. The Chair asks the professionals in the meeting whether they feel your child needs a Child Protection Plan to help to coordinate everyone’s efforts, including those of you and your family to sort out the worries that have been discussed.