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Local and National Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and SCRs

Sometimes a child suffers a serious injury or death as a result of child abuse or neglect. Understanding not only what happened but also why things happened as they did can help to improve our response in the future. Understanding the impact that the actions of different organisations and agencies had on the child’s life, and on the lives of his or her family, and whether or not different approaches or actions may have resulted in a different outcome, is essential to improve our collective knowledge. It is in this way that we can make good judgments about what might need to change at a local or national level.

The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Learning is relevant locally, but it has a wider importance for all practitioners working with children and families and for the government and policy-makers. Understanding whether there are systemic issues, and whether and how policy and practice need to change, is critical to the system being dynamic and self-improving.

Source: Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018 Guide

Case reviews

Triennial SCR Report 2014 to 2017 Department of education (March 2020)

Child D: Serious case review

SCR Child D Final report for Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership Feb 2020

Child B: Serious case review

Child B SCR Final Overview Report –  MSCB 2017

Family A: Serious case review

More information about Family A serious case review (Kingston LSCB website) Nov 2015

Child A: Serious case review

The Serious Case Review has been an independent and thorough process. All of the agencies involved have participated fully, resulting in a number of learning points identified to improve services.

Child A SCR Final Overview Report – MSCB 2013

Briefings October 2014

Lessons and messages from serious case reviews, case reviews and case audits (PDF)