Serious Case Reviews are reviews undertaken by LSCBs when a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse and neglect is known or suspected. It is a requirement in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).
Sutton LSCB has a statutory duty to have a learning and improvement framework, which helps all agencies work together in Sutton to look at situations involving children and families where there has been good or concerning practice. This helps us look at our safeguarding learning and systems.
How lessons are learned
Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out the need for professionals and organisations protecting children to reflect on the quality of their services and learn from their own practice and that of others.
Independent Serious Case Review (SCR) investigations aim to:
- look at what happened in cases and why
- identify action to drive improvements in the prevention of death, serious injury or harm to children.
Sutton LSCB has a local learning and improvement framework. The framework supports regular case reviews (including SCRs) to identify useful insights into the way that organisations are working together to safeguard and protect the welfare of children.
Sutton's LSCB training programme ensures that practitioners within children's social care, health, early years services, schools, youth offending services, police, probation and other statutory and voluntary services have access to learning opportunities that address national and local learning from SCRs.
Sutton's LSCB Case Review subgroup is overseeing that individual agencies implement the independent SCR author's recommendations about system and practice improvements. The LSCB Quality Assurance subgroup oversees that the Section 11 duty is complied with and that audits are undertaken to assure the LSCB that learning from SCRs is having the intended impact.
The NSPCC has developed a national repository of case reviews that have been published in the UK. This is a resource to access and share learning on a local, regional and national level. You will find Sutton SCRs and other reports here.
Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014. Research in Practice has developed a a website which has materials to support learning in practice for LSCBs, social work and early help, police and criminal justice, health and education practitioners. Here is the link http://seriouscasereviews.rip.org.uk
The practitioner briefings can also be accessed below.