The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

Serious Case 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 LSCB is required to conduct a Serious Case Review into the involvement of organisations and professionals in the lives of the child and the family.

Go to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 to see the Serious Case Review criteria in full. 

The purpose of a Serious Case 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 Serious Case Review, a report is published.

Published reports:

SCR - Child E - January 2018

Barnet Safeguarding Children’s Partnership have today published the Serious Case Review (SCR) report for Child E. This involved the tragic death of a young person in care who died from a drug overdose aged 16 years in February 2016

In response the BSCP commissioned a SCR to establish what could be learnt by the agencies who had contact with him and to raise national awareness of the issues.

The review concluded there were failings across the partnership and we fully accept these findings. 

The review included a total of 13 recommendations, many improvements to practice have already been made, and the action plan will be closely monitored by the BSCP.

There will be a series of learning events and briefings arranged to highlight the necessary changes to practice.

Andrew Fraser
Independent Chair for the Barnet Safeguarding Children’s Partnership

SCR - Child A - May 2016

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 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.

You can find a copy of Barnet's Serious Case Review Process here.

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