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Serious Case Review & Local Learning Reviews

Serious Case Reviews and Local Learning Reviews

Since June 2018 the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has been responsible for identifying and overseeing reviews of serious child safeguarding incidents that raise complex issues or become important on a national scale.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel will be responsible for deciding how the system learns lessons on a national level, while local responsibility is with the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership who must identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which, in their view, raise issues of importance in relation to their area.

The purpose of a Serious Case Review and Local Learning Reviews are for agencies and individuals to learn lessons that improve the way in which they work, both individually and collectively, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Local Safeguarding Children Partnership are responsible for commissioning and supervising reviewers for local reviews.

After the completion of a review, there is an expectation that final report is published in full. The report will include information on the review process, key issues arising from the case and recommendations / key issues for the HSCP to consider. Additional information and guidance can be found in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.