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 . Additionally, Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships (formerly LSCBs) may decide to conduct an SPR if a child has been seriously harmed and in accordance with the guidance in Working Together 2018:
Serious child safeguarding cases are those in which:
The criteria which the local safeguarding partners must take into account include whether the case:
Safeguarding partners should also have regard to the following circumstances
Some cases may not meet the definition of a ‘serious child safeguarding case’, but nevertheless raise issues of importance to the local area. That might, for example, include where there has been good practice, poor practice or where there have been ‘near miss’ events. Safeguarding partners may choose to undertake a local child safeguarding practice review in these or other circumstances.
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.
In 2018 a new National Panel for Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel was set up by the Department for Education. This is an independent panel which can commission reviews of serious child safeguarding cases where they are complex and /or in the national interest. National and local reviews focus on improving learning, professional practice and outcomes for children.
Check the NSPCC National Case Review Repository of Serious Case Reviews and Safeguarding Practice Reviews
Child B (published 10/10/13) For legal reasons only a brief summary of the case along with the lessons can be published
Baby A (published 11/10/13) For legal reasons some of the content of the Executive Summary have been redacted
Thematic review of child neglect (published 24/1/13) - A 2 year study of the professional responses to child neglect within York
Messages from reviews (Published 2014) - A review of all case reviews undertaken by the CYSCB between 2007 and 2014