Serious Case Reviews
A serious case is one where:
(a) abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
(b) either — (i) the child has died; or (ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.
Undertaking a serious case review
LSCBs must always undertake a review of these serious cases. The chair of the LSCB will make the decision as to whether the statutory criteria above have been met. There are different approaches to serious case reviews including Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Significant Incident Learning Process (SILP). OSCB is trialling the SCIE model in 2015.
Case Review (SCR) is to establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. OSCB has also been committed to undertaking smaller scale partnership reviews for instances where the case does not meet the criteria for a serious case review but it is considered that there are lessons for multi-agency working to be learnt.
The LSCB will determine the terms of reference; appoint an independent reviewer; involve the young people and their families as well as practitioners; agree recommendations, action plans and the final report. Each agency contributing to a case review is required to produce an action plan to ensure they meet the recommendations made for their agency. Progress on these actions is monitored and reported to the OSCB subgroup with oversight of quality assurance.
In May 2019 Oxfordshire adopted new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. As a result new arrangements have come in to effect for commissioning and publishing ‘child safeguarding practice reviews’ in line with Working Together 2018.
Oxfordshire Case Reviews
The OSCB has produced a summary document for older Serious Case Reviews (pdf format, 3.82 MB). The summaries include the key facts of the case, a brief analysis of what agencies did and the main learning points for professionals.
Serious Case Review Reports
Children A-F – Overview Report – March 2015 – Updated 14.03.15 with clarification around gender of children identified at risk of child sexual exploitation.
Partnership Review Reports
There are no partnership review reports at this time.
Learning from Case Reviews
For OSCB Learning Summaries from Case Reviews please visit the Learning from Case Reviews page
The NSPCC have created the Learning from Serious Case Reviews Document, this includes:
- Case reviews published in 2015
- Enablers to Learning from SCRs
- Barriers to Learning from SCRs.