This will depend upon which agencies are directly involved with the child and the child’s family. Representatives of the Social Services, Police, Health Service and Education Department regularly attend Conferences. Other agencies who hold relevant information may also attend the Conference.
The Conference is chaired by an independent chairperson who will not have had any previous involvement in any investigations that have been carried out. Before the Conference, family members can ask for a friend or supporter to be present at the Conference. The supporter can be a Solicitor. There are guidance notes for friends and supporters. These will be provided by the Social Worker if appropriate.
Family members may not be included for certain parts of the Conference. This can happen when confidential medical or legal details are being discussed, or when information from a third party is being shared.