CYSCP Multi-Agency Learning and Development
Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (SPRs) (formerly Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)) in England are undertaken when a child dies (including death by suspected suicide), and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death. Additionally, Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships (formerly LSCBs) may decide to conduct an SPR whenever a child has been seriously harmed and in accordance with the guidance in Working Together 2018. Further information regarding child deaths is available on the CYSCP Child Death page.
Serious child safeguarding cases are those in which:
The prime purpose of an SPR is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work, both individually and collectively, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Since 2013 there has been a National Panel of Independent Experts to advise LSCBs and Partnerships about the initiation and publication of SCRs. The panel’s remit includes advising LSCBs and Partnerships about:
The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is an independent panel commissioning reviews of serious child safeguarding cases. They want national and local reviews to focus on improving learning, professional practice and outcomes for children.
The following thematic reviews have recently been published:
Where cases have been shared with another authority, for instance if a child is place out of area with another authority we will share the learning. We will also publish and share learning within our regional network. These regional local LSCP's are as follows:
THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED
The CYSCP are now producing 7 point briefings to disseminate learning from Case reviews.
The CYSCP are now holding termly Learning Masterclass events to disseminate learning from the Partnership to professionals and practitioners. The first of these was held on 17th June 2021. Resources from this event will shortly be available.
Currently cases are being reviewed and the accompanying action plans will be published shortly.
Please visit the CYSCP Multi-Agency Training webpage for further information about our safeguarding training courses and e-learning.
This section is under review and will shortly be updated.
In April 2021, Ofsted announced it will carry out a review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools and colleges in relation to sexual abuse. For further information see the government website. In response to the recently publicity around this and 'Everyone's Invited', the CYSCP published a multi-agency briefing.
The Government introduced a new series of multi-agency inspections called Joint Targeted Area Inspections of services for vulnerable children and young people (JTAI). The inspections are undertaken by the following inspectorates: Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP).
The inspectorates jointly assess how local authorities, the police, health, probation and youth offending services are working together in an area to identify, support and protect vulnerable children and young people.
The short inspections allow inspectorates to be more responsive, targeting specific areas of interest and concern. They will also identify areas for improvement and highlight good practice from which others can learn.
Each inspection includes a ‘deep dive’ element.
Having consulted with other inspectorates and stakeholders from across the sector, Ofsted have jointly agreed the next 3 deep dive themes. These will be:
The JTAIs on children living with mental health issues began in summer 2019. Ofsted will develop guidance and inspect the other two deep dive themes in 2020 and 2021, respectively. They will carry out 6 inspections for each of these new themes.
During this period, Ofsted also plan to carry out up to four JTAIs each year, to revisit some of the earlier deep dive themes to see how practice has moved forward since the publication of the thematic overview reports. As with previous years, this means that Ofsted will carry out up to 10 JTAIs overall each year.