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Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Why do we do reviews?

Working Together states; “The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.

What triggers a review?

 A review is triggered by a Serious Incident or a concerning situation. Serious child safeguarding cases are those in which:

  • abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and
  • the child has died or been seriously harmed[1]

Any serious incident generates a notification to Ofsted and a Rapid Review.

How is the decision made to undertake a review?

Once Ofsted has been notified of the Serious Incident the OSCB’s Case Review and Governance Group then meets to do a Rapid Review and considers if the criteria for a child safeguarding practice review is met.

This decision must be made within 15 working days of the notification.

[1] Serious harm includes (but is not limited to) serious and/or long-term impairment of a child’s mental health or intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. It should also cover impairment of physical health. When safeguarding partnerships are making decisions, judgment should be exercised in cases where impairment is likely to be long-term, even if this is not immediately certain.

In May 2019 Oxfordshire adopted new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. As a result new arrangements came in to effect for commissioning and publishing ‘child safeguarding practice reviews’ in line with Working Together 2018.

Oxfordshire Case Reviews

Serious Case Review Reports

Child M – OSCB Overview Report – September 2019

Child M – OSCB Executive Summary – September 2019

Child M – OSCB Learning Summary – September 2019

Child M – OSCB Press Statement – September 2019

Partnership Review Reports

There are no partnership review reports at this time.

Learning from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

For OSCB Learning Summaries from Reviews please visit the Learning from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews page

The Department for Education published Complexity and challenge: a triennial analysis of SCRs 2014-2017  Final report in March 2020, which examines 368 SCRs (SCRs) from the period 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2017.

Using the study, Research in Practice have produced 6 online briefings for various professional sectors.