A conference chair should be trained in the role and should have:
- a good understanding and professional knowledge of children’s welfare and development, and best practice in working with children and families;
- the ability to look at objectively and assess the implications of the evidence on which judgements should be based;
- skills in chairing meetings in a way which encourages constructive participation, while maintaining a clear focus on the welfare of the child and the decisions which have to be taken;
- knowledge and understanding of anti-discriminatory practice; and
- knowledge of relevant legislation, including that relating to children’s services and human rights.