The role of the social worker in child protection – 2 days


Legislation places a specific duty on social workers within the local authority to undertake enquiries and take steps to protect children where they are considered to be at risk of significant harm (s47 Children Act 1989).

The course will assist social workers in working within the statutory guidance including working with children and families to make the best use of, child protection conferences, child protection plans and core groups. It will also promote the use of professional judgement with a particular focus on risk assessment and evidence informed practice throughout the child protection process.


To ensure that social workers are aware of their statutory responsibilities in child protection work and are able to use their knowledge and skills to exercise appropriate professional judgement in continually assessing risk and working together with the family and other professionals to implement effective plans.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be given the opportunity to:

  • Understand the role of the social worker within the overall requirement to safeguard children from harm.
  • Consider how to respond appropriately to referrals regarding concerns that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
  • Consider how to use their authority as a social worker appropriately, working sensitively with parents, whilst ensuring the child is protected from harm.
  • Develop an evidence informed approach to the assessment of risk.
  • Consider their role in contributing appropriately to child protection conferences.
  • Understand the social work role where children are subject of a child protection plan including working effectively with the core group and assessing parental motivation to change.