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Section 46 Enquiry

If there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer Significant Harm, a NARRATES S 46 is initiated.

This normally occurs after an Initial Assessment and a Strategy Discussion / Meeting.

Section 46 Enquiries are usually conducted by a social worker, jointly with the Police, and must be completed within 15 days of a Strategy Discussion / Meeting.

Where concerns are substantiated and the child is judged to be at continued risk of Significant Harm, a Child Protection Conference should be convened.

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