what is a serious case review in safeguarding

what is a serious case review in safeguarding

A list of the child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews added to the National case review repository from 2017 to 2020.
A series of thematic briefings highlighting the learning from case reviews. Each briefing focuses on a different topic, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.

SCR 0115 (‘Philip’)

  • abuse of neglect is known or suspected; and
  • either – (i) the child has died or (ii) the child has been seriously harmed or there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

When a Serious Case Review is completed and learning identified, the report and SSCB response are published on this page of our website.
The SSCB is required to initiate a Serious Case Review (SCR) in circumstances where:

  • Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result
  • As a consequence, improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children

We will publish SCRs views that have been completed by the LSCB for Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster. For information prior to 2012 please contact [email protected]

Norfolk serious case reviews:
From October 2019, we will no longer be commissioning Serious Case Reviews but following these processes instead. We welcome feedback on the guidance and hope you find it useful.

All members of the partnership are responsible for identifying serious child safeguarding cases which raise issues of importance to the area. A rapid review of such cases is then undertaken to determine if any immediate action is needed to ensure a child’s safety. The rapid view will also consider if there is any learning or potential for improving practice and if necessary a more in depth review, known as a child safeguarding practice review, will be commissioned. Child safeguarding practice reviews will usually be published on this webpage however in some circumstances it may be inappropriate to do so in which case information will be published about the improvements instead.
The NSCP will work closely with the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel particularly with regard to the outcomes of rapid reviews, decisions around commissioning child safeguarding practice reviews and publication issues.

  • Family Q SCR – Overview Report (PDF)
    Size: 519.88 KB
  • Family Q SCR – Overview Report Appendix 1 (PDF)
    Size: 236.54 KB
  • Family Q SCR – Overview Report Appendix 2 (PDF)
    Size: 246.64 KB
  • Family Q SCR – TWSCB’s response (PDF)
    Size: 192.29 KB
  • Telford and Wrekin Serious Case Review_September 2019 (PDF)
    Size: 460.62 KB

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Sharing learning from serious case reviews in order to improve safeguarding practice is vital. We use the recommendations from case reviews to improve safeguarding of children & young people.
In the last 12 months the CSCP, formerly LSCB, have published four SCRs, the reports and CSCP Response documents can be viewed via the tiles below.

Any agency or individual can discuss a child death with Bolton Safeguarding Children Board to consider whether a review should be considered. For further informaiton or a discussion you should refer to the resources or contact:

  • Understand fully the reasons for the child’s death
  • Address the needs of other children in the household
  • Address the needs of all family members
  • Consider lessons to be learned to inform future planning to safeguard all children in the area

The main focus of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Partnership is to co-ordinate local work to ensure that adults and children with care and support needs across Worcestershire are protected from harm and abuse.
If you are concerned about a child or an adult with care and support needs in danger – don’t delay – call 999 right away!