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Local and National Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and SCRs

Child protection in England is a complex multi-agency system with many different organisations and individuals playing their part. Reflecting on how well that system is working is critical in improving our response to children and their families.

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

The purpose of serious child safeguarding case reviews, at local and national level, is to identify improvements that can be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Learning is relevant locally but has a wider importance for all practitioners working with children and families and for the government and policymakers. 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 2023 


Local Safeguarding Children Practice Reviews 


Partnership Reviews 

7-Minute Learnings

We also have 7-Minute Learnings that are available to look at on the MSCP website. The 7-Minute Learnings are a brief summary of the review findings, including key learning and actions,  produced from the main report. These 7-Minute Learnings are linked below: 

National Safeguarding Reviews & Reports 

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel 

Thematic Reports 



MSCP Training 

We regularly run training and briefings on local child safeguarding practice reviews – please see below available courses coming up.