The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

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

Further information

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.

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