They have to send notification to the young persons in writing at least 48 hours hours before the meeting.it should be really ten days before the meeting.
The LA should also supply an Advocate to attend such conferences .
The LA have a duty to supply an advocate.
At a recent child protection case conferences I asked if the child of 13 had been invited to any of the past meetings they replied.no and were not aware that the boy could of gone to all these meetings..
The Social Worker looked rather bewildered when we mentioned this to them.
So well and behold the boy will be at the next meeting with his own Advocate via somebody from Banardos.
It is obvious to me that very few LA allow the former to happen resulting in the children’s wishes and feelings not to be heard.
If the parents do not know their rights regarding these meetings the children will have very little hope of knowing .
These meetings should take place at least every six months.
We have made it clear that we would not tolerate any more breaches of practice guidances.