Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)

A Serious Case Review (SCR) is undertaken when abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and either the child has died; or the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

The prime purpose of a SCR is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  After the completion of a review the LSCB will publish an anonymised Executive Summary which will include information on the review process, key issues arising from the case, the recommendations and the action plans. For all SCRs initiated on and after 10th June 2010, the government has instructed all local safeguarding children boards to also publish anonymised Overview Reports. Please see downloads below for previously published Executive Summaries.

Sefton LSCB has a sub group (Practice Review Panel) which oversees and quality assures SCRs undertaken by the Board, and provides advice on whether the criteria for conducting a review have been met. The sub group has developed local procedures for Serious Case Reviews in conjunction with Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE).   Any professional or agency may refer a case to the LSCB if the criteria is met for a SCR. The independent chair makes the decision of whether to instigate a SCR. 

Practice Review Panel (PRP) The Practice Review Panel (PRP) has a statutory function in deciding whether or not cases should be subject to a Serious Case Review (or a Practice Learning Review), and considering whether there are lessons to be learnt about the ways in which agencies work together to safeguard children, and ensuring that ultimately, this learning improves practice. The PRP is responsible for producing reports in relation to cases considered and the decision making process. The Panel’s overall function is to improve inter-agency working.  Any case can be referred to PRP where an agency feels that multi-agency learning can be extracted or a case where good practice has been identified.  To refer a case to PRP complete the referral form contained in appendix 1 of the Reflective Review Procedure.Reflective Review Procedure used by the Practice Review Panel (PRP). Additional information and guidance in relation to Serious Case Reviews can be found in Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE)



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