Serious Case Reviews
Also see Child Death Review Process.
A Serious Case Review is held when a child has died and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child's death.
Reviews may also be held when a child has been seriously injured through abuse or neglect and where those who know about the child's circumstances believe that lessons could be learned to avoid a similar situation arising in the future. The Review carefully considers the circumstances surrounding the death, which took place prior to the incident.
This means that most child deaths do not lead to Serious Case Reviews. However it is important to remember that the death of a child is always tragic and we must take whatever steps we can to avoid a similar incident happening in the future.
The government provides advice and guidance to all the agencies that work with children, about how to conduct a Serious Case Review. These are contained in ‘'Working Together to Safeguard Children' Chapter 4 Learning and Improvement Framework',
SCRs and other case reviews should be conducted in a way which:
recognises the complex circumstances in which professionals work together to safeguard children;
seeks to understand precisely who did what and the underlying reasons that led individuals and organisations to act as they did;
seeks to understand practice from the viewpoint of the individuals and organisations involved at the time rather than using hindsight;
is transparent about the way data is collected and analysed; and
makes use of relevant research and case evidence to inform the findings.
For more information about the process please see our document 'Children's Serious Case Reviews – what are they and what do they do?'.
Serious Case Reviews: Overview Reports
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|Daniel Pelka Review - Retrospective Deeper Analysis and Progress Report on Implementation of Recommendations||
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For further information on the Serious Case Review into the circumstances of Daniel Pelka’s death please click here.
Serious Case Reviews: Executive Summaries
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|Executive Summary 1||