When a child dies or is seriously harmed, including death by suspected suicide, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death, the LSCB is required to conduct a Serious Case Review (SCR) into the involvement of organisations and professionals in the lives of the child and the family.
The purpose of a SCR is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard children, identify what needs to be changed and, as a consequence, improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children. At the end of each SCR, a report is published.
Child E (February 2018)
The NSPCC website contains a library of all Serious Case Reviews conducted in England, where you can find more information on the serious case review process. There is also a series of thematic briefings on learning from case reviews which can be found here.
The NSPCC has published a set of briefings looking at practice issues relating to how professionals in different agencies communicate and make decisions. They provide a more detailed understanding of practice issues highlighted by the SCR reports and can help support change and improvement work at national and local levels.
SCIE has also produced a series of briefings on these practice issues from SCRs. These are intended to support managers, senior managers and practitioners to consider whether similar issues may be occurring for them locally, and how they might tackle them. Each briefing contains a set of self-assessment questions to support this process.
Following the publication of the most recent triennial analysis of SCRs, Research in Practice has produced useful material to support learning in practice for social work and early help, police and criminal justice, health and education practitioners.