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accessible on the SSCP website for a minimum of 12 months, unless there are overwhelming reasons why the report should not be published.  

Learning from National Serious Case Reviews

The Research In Practice mini-site includes materials to support learning in practice for local safeguarding children boards, social work and early help, police and criminal justice, health, and education practitioners.

The NSPCC provides a series of at-a-glance briefings highlighting the learning from national case reviews. 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.