Neglect Practitioner Portal – Child Protection Core Group

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Children may be made subject to Child Protection Planning if they are deemed to be at risk of, or experiencing, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or neglect.

What is a Core Group?

A Core Group is the group of family members and professionals who meet regularly if a Child Protection Conference makes a child the subject of a Child Protection Plan. This group is smaller than the Child Protection Conference group and is less formal. The group works together to improve things for the family.

Core groups are responsible for developing the Child Protection Plan from the agreements made at the Initial Child Protection Conference. Core Groups are also responsible for implementing the Child Protection Plan jointly with the child and family involved.

These documents explain more about the Core group and shows examples of the documentation used to record progress.

Named Professional Role in Adult Services

Neglect is a symptom of a number of complex problems and issues. The most successful interventions take a ‘think family’ approach, to identify underlying needs and difficulties in children and adults, and provide effective support.

Named professionals in Adult Social Care services are available to support you with knowledge, experience and expertise in supporting adults with learning disability; mental health needs; and/or complex needs.

Professionals-only meetings

Professionals may also meet separately to the family, in order to discuss how to provide the best support, where it is in the best interests of the child or young person. These should follow the procedures laid out in Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures manual. Although any agency can call and chair a professionals-only meeting, you should discuss it with the Lead Social Worker or Deputy Lead of the Child Protection Core Group as your first step. You can read more about the importance of professionals-only meetings in the Child Q Progress report below, under Finding 5.


Serious Case reviews have found that in neglect cases, a particular risk point is transition periods. This includes:

  • When a child is moving from primary to secondary school. from nursery to primary school, or from secondary school to college
  • When a family moves away, or moves into the area
  • For disabled children, moving on to adult support services.

You can find support for Early Years transitions in these two practitioner’s guides, one for amooth early transitions (39 pages) and one for school readiness (7 pages). You can find more resources in Oxfordshire’s Early Years SEN toolkit and the Early Years Toolkit.

The changes in supporting professionals and the challenges of handover can cause an interruption of knowledge about the family and case, and lead to unintended ‘start again’ for new professionals. Recording of significant incidents using chronologies can help communicate frequency and severity of problems more effectively, providing a better view of how best to support the family.

There are also sections in the Child’s plan documents (above) to record disability-specific information, such as short breaks care and transition to adult services.

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