1.4 Core Groups: Procedure
Purpose and Responsibilities
The Social Worker is the Lead Professional and as such has the responsibility for ensuring that the arrangements for Core Groups are clearly communicated to children/young people, parents/carers, all professionals involved in working with the child and family. However, where a child is subject to a Child Protection Plan, each professional should also be proactive in identifying the dates for Core Groups and ensuring they have relevant information.
The Core Group as a whole also has a responsibility to progress the Core Group, should the Social Worker for any reason be absent, so any drift for the child is avoided. This includes ensuring the meeting goes ahead and providing Child Protection Plan updates to the Social Worker.
The allocated Social Worker and Core Group members are responsible for:
Core Groups are important and are an opportunity for developing positive working relationships with children and families and across agencies, and for ensuring children are safer. Where there are conflicts of interest between family members in the work of the Core Group the best interest of the child should always take priority.
Following the initial Core Group meeting further meetings should be within six weeks and every six weeks forthwith. It is important to remember that this is a guide and it may be that four weekly core groups are required dependent upon the needs and age of the child.
Conduct of the meeting
It is expected that the Social Worker attends, however if they are unable to, the remaining Core Group members must continue with the meeting and send an update on the outcomes and actions of the Child Protection Plan to the Social Worker within 2 working days.