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1.11 Making Enquiries of the Child Protection Enquiry Team (CPET)

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in January 2016. In Section 3, Making an Enquiry about a Child who is not the Subject of a Child Protection Plan, in relation to a second enquiry being made in relation to a child, the wording was changed from ‘the same child’ to read ‘a child who is not previously known to Children’s Social Care Services’.


Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Checking with the CPET Team
  3. Making an Enquiry about a Child who is not the Subject of a Child Protection Plan
  4. How to Access CPET


1. Purpose

The Safeguarding Service maintains a list of all those children who are subject (current and historical) to a Child Protection Plan.

The purpose of this is to:

  • Provide a record of all children in the area for whom it has been decided that they may continue, or are likely to suffer Significant Harm, and for whom a Child Protection Plan is currently being implemented;
  • Provide a central point of speedy enquiry, for professionals who are concerned that a child is likely to, or is suffering Significant Harm and want to know whether the child is the subject of a Child Protection Plan, Care Order, Supervision Order or Interim Care Order;
  • Aid consideration / assessment of a sequence of injuries or events which might not otherwise be considered related or seen as a pattern of repeated abuse, by keeping a record of enquiries;
  • Prompt a referral to Children’s Social Care when two enquiries from agencies are made about a family in a 2 year period (please see Making a Referral following the Identification of Child Safety and Welfare Concerns;
  • Aid good communication and co-ordination between agencies;
  • Enable the collection and analysis of information locally and nationally, to inform policy development and strategic planning.

The contents of the list of children who have a Child Protection Plan remain confidential other than to legitimate enquirers, for example, staff of SSCB member agencies. 

This is maintained on behalf of SSCB.


2. Checking with the CPET Team

Where there are specific child welfare concerns or allegations about a child, professionals must log an enquiry with CPET.

An enquiry involves a two-way exchange of information. The enquirer is informed of all relevant information held about a child or family, via a call-back system, and the CPET records relevant information about the enquirer and reason for their concern. A chronological record of all previous enquiries about a child is recorded, which could assist the enquirer in deciding what action, if any, is needed.


3. Making an Enquiry about a Child who is not the Subject of a Child Protection Plan

A separate record is kept of all enquiries, in addition to the record of children who have a Child Protection Plan. The enquiry record is kept for two years. If a second enquiry is made about a child who is not previously known to Children’s Social Care Services within this time period, the List Custodian will ensure that a referral is made to the relevant area Children’s Social Care team. An Assessment should then be considered, in order to establish whether the child is in need, or likely to suffer Significant Harm.

Professionals should be aware that an enquiry to the CPET does not constitute a referral to Children’s Social Care. See Making a Referral following the Identification of Child Safety and Welfare Concern Procedure.


4. How to Access CPET

Local Contacts

Enquires should be made to the Child Protection Enquiry Team, in the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Service on 0114 273 4925.

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