Serious Case Reviews
Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 sets out the purpose and process
of serious case reviews (SCRs) which should be taken within a learning and improvement
SCRs are undertaken when a child dies (including suicide), and abuse or neglect is known or
suspected to be a factor in the death. Additionally they can be undertaken where a child is
seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked
together to safeguard the child.
Other types of review include
- child death reviews on all child deaths up to the age of 18;
- review of child protection incident which falls below the threshold for a SCR;
- review of audit or practice in one or more agencies.
Reviews are not ends in themselves but are carried out to identify improvements which are
needed and to consolidate good practice. LSCBs and their partner organisations should
translate the findings into programmes of action which lead to sustainable improvements
and prevention of death, serious injury or harm to children.