A child should no longer be the subject of a Child Protection Plan if:
- It is judged by a child protection review conference that they are no longer continuing to, or be likely to, suffer significant harm. Only a review conference can take this decision.
- The child is made the subject of an interim Care Order, a Care Order, or a Supervision Order and a review conference concludes that the Order gives sufficient protection through continuing planning and review for the child to no longer be subject to a Child Protection Plan.
- The child and the family have moved permanently to another local authority area. In such cases, the receiving local authority will have been told by Children’s Social Care that the child has moved, and will convene their own initial child protection conference within 15 days of this notification. Only after the receiving local authority has decided, by this conference, whether the child still requires a Child Protection Plan can Children’s Social Care discontinue its own Child Protection Plan
- The child has reached 18 years of age, has died, or has permanently left the UK
When a Child Protection Plan is discontinued, notification should be sent to all the agencies represented or who were invited to the initial child protection conference that led to the Plan.
The discontinuation of the Child Protection Plan does not necessarily mean that the family is no longer in need of services and/or support. When a decision is made to discontinue a Child Protection Plan, arrangements should always be put in place to consider with the family what further help and support might be offered through a child in need/family support plan.