Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews
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When a child dies or is seriously harmed, including death by suspected suicide, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death, the Safeguarding Children Partnership is required to conduct a Rapid Review to ascertain if there is potential for learning about multi-agency working.
At the Rapid Review a decision is made about whether a Child Safeguarding Practice Review (formerly known as a Serious Case Review or SCR) should be carried out to explore in more detail the involvement of organisations and professionals in the lives of the child and the family. For more information see the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 guidance. The London procedures are followed in Barnet.
The purpose of a Child Safeguarding Practice Review is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard children, identify what needs to be changed and, as a consequence, improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children. At the end of each Child Safeguarding Practice Review, a report is published.
For more information about Rapid Reviews and the referral pathway, see Barnet's referral document.
Learning Review Child G, July 2019
Briefing note: Child G
Non-mobile children bruising and injury protocol 2019
Pathway for non-mobile children bruising and injury 2019
Leaflet for parents and carers
SCR Child E, January 2018
Child E report
Child E action plan
SCR Child A, May 2016
Child A report
SCR Child D, April 2009
Child D executive summary
SCR Child S, 2008
Child S report
The NSPCC website contains a library of all Serious Case Reviews conducted in England, where you can find more information on the serious case review/child safeguarding practice review process. There is also a series of thematic briefings on learning from case reviews which can be found here.
The NSPCC has published a set of briefings looking at practice issues relating to how professionals in different agencies communicate and make decisions. They provide a more detailed understanding of practice issues highlighted by the SCR reports and can help support change and improvement work at national and local levels.