Published Serious Case Reviews
Date of publication: 18th February 2015
Date of publication: 29th May 2014
Serious case reviews aim to help agencies learn lessons about how they can work better together to protect children from serious abuse. Chapter 4 of Working Together 2015 details when the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) must undertake a serious case review as;
abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected;
and either –
(i) the child has died; or
(ii) the child has been seriously harmed and 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.
SCRs should also be undertaken when a child dies in custody, including where the child was detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, as well as cases where a child died by suspected suicide.
The LSCB must decide whether an incident notified to them meets the criteria for an SCR. The LSCB must then notify Ofsted and the national panel of independent experts.
Who carries out Serious Case Reviews?
Serious Case Reviews are commissioned by the LSCB Independent Chair. Independent Reviewers are appointed to lead SCRs and will work with the LSCB partners to carry out the review.
Recommendations for practice, procedural or training changes are made by the Independent Reviewer and presented to the LSCB through an overview report, which is published by the LSCB.
The Review is conducted within national timescales and submitted to Government prior to publication.
Serious Case Reviews often find good practice, alongside lessons to be learned in order to help ensure that such events do not happen again. The LSCB ensures that these lessons learned are used to inform changes to prevent such tragedies happening again.