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Film offers guide to child protection conferences

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Health visitors have been given a new video guide to help them prepare families for child protection conferences.

The online film, released by the charity Family Rights Group, re-enacts a child protection conference and explains the possible outcomes for families. The footage also includes interviews with four health professionals.

It focuses on the story of Anne and Terry, who have a two-month-old daughter, Layla. Anne also has a four-year-old son, Jack, from a previous relationship.

During the later stages of Anne’s pregnancy with Layla, her midwife became concerned about her alcohol use. The family was referred to Children’s Services after police were called to two domestic violence incidents, and it was decided that an initial child protection conference should be convened.

The film is divided into two parts before, during and after the conference, to help health visitors prepare parents for the process and its possible results.

Health visitor Catherine Vij, from Limehouse Practice in East London, said: “This film enables health visitors to be better prepared when they do need to attend a child protection conference, and to better support families in these circumstances.”

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