Refer a serious safeguarding case
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One of our core statutory duties as Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership is to respond to serious safeguarding cases and identify learning for local agencies.
We will carry out a Rapid Review with multi-agency partners to consider the case and see if there is potential learning if a case meets the following criteria:
- Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected
- Either the child has died or suffered significant harm (including long-term mental health impacts)
- There is cause for concern about the way agencies worked together.
If Barnet local authority decide to submit a serious incident notification to Ofsted we must carry out a Rapid Review.
Partners can refer other relevant cases which meet the above criteria to our Learning and Thematic Review Group by contacting BSCP@Barnet.gov.uk and completing the referral form.
The Rapid Review will be led by our independent chair of the Learning and Thematic Review Group and will consider information known about the family, prior agency involvement and the potential to learn about multi-agency improvements.
The Rapid Review panel will decide on one of four options for further action:
- National Child Safeguarding Practice Review recommended - if the case is believed to be of national relevance we will recommend the national panel carry out a review
- Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review - BSCP will then appoint an independent reviewer and manage a review process to identify and implement recommendations for local improvements
- Alternate learning options considered - if a case does not meet the Child Safeguarding Practice Review criteria but there is still local learning to draw out, other options will be considered such as a single-agency review
- No further action - if there is no additional learning or concerns in relation to the case.
Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews
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.
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 BSCP's referral pathway and Rapid Review process, please see Barnet's referral document.
We will conduct these processes in line with the London procedures, Working Together 2018 guidance and national guidance on Rapid Reviews.