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Serious Case Reviews

When are Serious Case Reviews Undertaken?

LSCBs must continue to commission SCRs until the point at which the new safeguarding partner arrangements begin to operate in a local area. LSCBs should also continue to use the SCR criteria set out in Working Together 2015.

Only once the safeguarding partner arrangements begin to operate in the local area, they should commission local child safeguarding practice reviews, rather than SCRs, as set out in Working Together 2018.

LSCB s were required to consider undertaking a Serious Case Review (SCR) whenever a child dies and abuse or neglect are known or suspected to have taken place.

Other circumstances that may lead to a SCR are:

  • A child receives a potentially life-threatening injury or serious impairment of their health, as a consequence of abuse or neglect
  • A child is subjected to serious sexual abuse
  • A parent has been murdered and a homicide review has been initiated
  • A child has been killed by a parent with a mental illness
  • There are concerns about the way different organisations worked together

Purpose of Serious Case Reviews

SCRs are written by people who are independent from the LSCB that commissions them, in order to identify where there are lessons that can be learned about the way that organisations worked, both individually and together.

Executive summaries of Haringey SCRs are made available on this site.

Serious Case Reviews - A National Perspective

The lessons learned through the SCR process in other areas of the country can be relevant to our practice in Haringey. All SCRs published on LSCB websites across the country are available on the NSPCC website (external link).

Similar issues are arising nationally in SCRs as noted in Marion Brandon's report for the former DCSF, Understanding Serious Case Reviews and their Impact 2005-7: A Biennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews 2005-7 (PDF, 505KB).

Some of the key findings of the 47 cases studied in detail from the last DCSF Review are:

  • Domestic violence was present in 66% of cases
  • Substance misuse was present in 57% of cases
  • Mental ill health was present in 55% of cases
  • All three issues were present in 34% of cases

For local SCRs, see the Haringey SCRs page.

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