Serious Case Reviews

Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out the criteria for a serious case review (SCR.) A SCR should be carried out for every case where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and either a child dies; or a child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child. Other learning reviews can be carried out by the LSCB if the criteria is not met.

Any review should enable local partner agencies to be clear about their responsibilities, to learn from experience and improve services as a result.

North Tyneside LSCB have a Case Review sub group which considers how to review a case using our Learning and Improvement Framework

At the end of each SCR, a report is agreed by the LSCB and published. North Tyneside completed 3 SCR’s in 2010/11. If you would like a copy of any of the Executive Summaries please contact [email protected]

Learning from national Serious Case Reviews

For a list of all National Serious Case Review Publications, please visit the NSPCC National repository of case reviews. The NSPCC thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews that are conducted when a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect are suspected. Each briefing focuses on a different topic, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners understand and act upon the learning from case reviews.

In November 2013 the NSPCC and Association of Independent LSCB Chairs launched the national case review repository. The aim was to provide a single place for published case reviews to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

Documents relating to Serious Case Reviews

Notifiable Incidents, Serious Case Review and Other Learning Review Procedures

Learning from National Case Reviews involving Parental Substance Misuse