Serious Case Reviews

Important lessons are learned from the detailed review of cases where children have died or received a life-threatening injury due to abuse or neglect, or have been subject to serious sexual abuse or sexual exploitation. The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board conducts formal reviews of these and other serious child abuse cases in accordance with central government guidance contained in Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2015, Chapter 4.

The Isle of Wight has a Serious Case Review subgroup with a membership of experienced senior managers drawn from IOWSCB member agencies.

Not all reviews undertaken are serious case reviews, and in some instances a partnership review or a reflective case management review is undertaken.
 
New Approach to undertaking Serious Case Reviews

Where it has been determined that a case meets the criteria for a serious case review IOWSCB undertakes an Independent Review into the circumstances of the death, serious injury or neglect of a child. A report is produced and sent to the Department for Education and the National Panel of Independent Experts on Serious Case Reviews

Following the Munro Review of Child Protection, May 2011, a new approach was recommended to undertaking Serious Case Reviews, known as 'systems methodology' or 'learning together'.  This model was developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and several LSCBs have undertaken Serious Case Reviews using this methodology.

Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2015 does not stipulate that the SCIE method of conducting a Serious Case Review is a statutory requirement.  IOWSCB has agreed its approach to undertaking serious case reviews, in order to ensure that learning together takes place and lessons are disseminated.

Click
here to see the local case review process for the Isle of Wight.
 
Publication of Serious Case Reviews

All reviews of cases meeting the Serious Case Review criteria should result in a report which is published and readily accessible on the LSCB’s website for a minimum of 12 months.  Thereafter the report should be made available on request.  This is important to support national sharing of lessons learnt and good practice in writing and publishing Serious Case Reviews.





 
Learning from Serious Case Reviews
October 2014 Learning Lessons workshops - 242 practitioners attended across October and 95% have stated they will change practice as a result (98.6% return on feedback forms.)

The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board is committed to ensuring that the learning from serious case reviews is disseminated as widely as possible to professionals from partner agencies.  To achieve this, a series of Learning Lessons events take place across the Island. Please contact the IOWSCB Business Unit on 01983 814545 for details of the latest planned round of events.  Below are the presentations and key documents shared at the last round of events:
Information and Guidance

Additional information and guidance concerning serious case reviews is available from the
Department for Education

A national repository of published case reviews (a collaboration between the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs and the NSPCC) has been set up to hold all case reviews in a central location.  The electronic versions of the SCR reports stored by the NSPCC can be accessed by clicking here.

The NSPCC website also holds various thematic briefings on learning from SCRs.  Click
here to read more.
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