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Serious case reviews

In some instances where a child has suffered harm a serious case review (SCR) is carried out to see what lessons can be learnt about how local professionals and organisations worked together and to make recommendations so that the welfare of children is better protected in future.

On this page:

  • Child B: serious case review
  • Family A: serious case review
  • About serious case reviews

Child B: serious case review

Statement 20 February 2017

Chair of the Merton Safeguarding Children Board, Keith Makin said:

“This is a very sad case where, despite a lot of support from many agencies, a young person was regrettably harmed and, whilst such events are rare, all the participating agencies are committed to working together to learn lessons that have come out of this review to benefit their future work with complex families. More rigorous monitoring, assessment and information sharing protocols taking into consideration the complex range of needs of the family as a whole are now in place and agencies continue to work hard together to minimize the possibility of this type of event happening again.”

View Report for Child B serious case review

Family A: serious case review

Statement 23 November 2015

Chair of the Merton Safeguarding Children Board, Keith Makin said:

“Although Merton’s involvement in the care of the family was several years ago, we continue to be shocked and saddened by the events that happened last year. We welcome the recommendations in the report, which will help us in working collaboratively with a range of families with complex needs to ensure they maintain the best quality of life.”

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

About serious case reviews

Serious case reviews (SCRs) must be undertaken by local safeguarding children boards (LCSBs) where —

  • abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
  • either — (i) the child has died; or (ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, the LSCB partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

In addition, an SCR should always be carried out when a child dies in custody, in police custody, on remand or following sentencing, in a young offender institution, in a secure training centre or a secure children’s home, or where the child was detained under the Mental Health Act 2005. SCRs should also be carried out in cases where a child died by suspected suicide.

LSCBs should also conduct reviews of cases which do not meet the criteria for an SCR, but which can provide valuable lessons about how organisations are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The final decision on whether to conduct the SCR rests with the LSCB Chair.

Source: Department for Education website: Serious Case Reviews

This page was last updated on Tuesday 21 February 2017

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