Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Working Together 2018 sets out the purpose and process of Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (formerly known as Serious Case Reviews). These reviews must be undertaken when:

  • Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and
  • The child has died (including by suicide) or has been seriously harmed

The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Reviews should seek to prevent or reduce the risk of recurrence of similar incidents. They are not conducted to hold individuals, organisations or agencies to account.

All Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews will result in a report, which will be published and readily accessible on the SSCP website for a minimum of 12 months, unless there are overwhelming reasons why the report should not be published.  

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published practice guidance for safeguarding partners in September 2022. 

During 2022-23, Southwark has undertaken a number of CSPRs which are currently in progress. These will be published here in due course.