Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Child Safeguarding Practice Review (formerly Serious Case Reviews)

The Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP) is committed to improving how agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. One of the ways that this is done is through Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR). CSPRs can be undertaken locally or nationally and seek to prevent or reduce the risk of an incident similar to the one that triggered the review.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) requires the Safeguarding Partners to identify serious child safeguarding cases and to make arrangements to commission and oversee reviews of those cases, where they consider it appropriate for a review to be undertaken.

Serious child safeguarding cases are those (under Section 16C(1) of the Children Act 2004, amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017) where:

  • abuse or neglect of the child is known or suspected and
  • the child has died or been seriously harmed

The Safeguarding Partners will commission a CSPR of those cases that meet the above criteria and where it is likely that learning will be identified that will enable improved practice. Completed CSPR will be published here on this page.

The CSAP will work in conjunction with the CSPR Panel who will provide advice to local areas about individual cases and will be responsible for national reviews.

More information about CSPR processes can be found in Chapter 4 of Working Together 2018 

 Case  Overview Report  Learning Brief

 Ryan, Nathan and Amelia (Names are anonymised)

 Published 18 May 2021  Published 18 May 2021

 Ava and family (Names are anonymised)

 Published 5 October 2021  Published 5 October 2021

 Mia (Names are anonymised)

 Published 5 October 2021  Published 5 October 2021

Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews have replaced the previous requirement for Local Safeguarding Children Boards to complete Serious Case Reviews (SCR). In accordance with the expectations of the time completed SCR will continue to be made available for 12 months following their publication. 

 Case  Overview Report  Learning Brief
 Holly  Holly SCR Final Report 28 Jul 21  Holly SCR Practitioner Briefing 28 July 21
 Child G  No longer published  Published 15 October 2015
 Young Person  A  No longer published  Published 19 November 2015 (summary briefing)
 Child O  No longer published  Published 4 March 2016
 Child KG  Unpublished*  Published 6 October 2016:
 Child LA  No longer published  Published 14 December 2016
 Child LB  Delayed in publication**  Published 12 January 2017
 Child LC  No longer published  Published 14 June 2017
 Child LD  Delayed in publication**  Published 12 January 2017
 Child LE  No longer published  Published 14 June 2017
 Child LF  No longer published   Published 14 June 2017
 Child LG  No longer published  Published 14 June 2017
 Child LH  No longer published  Published 14 June 2017
 Child LI  No longer published  Published 31 July 2018
 Child LK  No longer published  Published 19 February 2019
 Child LL  No longer published  Published 6 August 2019
 Child LR  No longer published   Published 16 December 2020
 Child LW  Published 27 January 2021   Published 27 January 2021
 Child CD  Published 26 February 2021   Published 26 February 2021
 Child LO  Published 5 October 2021  Published 5 October 2021
 Child LT  Published 5 October 2021  Published 5 October 2021

* Decision taken not to publish the overall report to protect the identity of the child and family.

** Overview reports are delayed in publication due to ongoing parallel proceedings.