Serious Case Reviews

Guidance and procedures

Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 gives Local Safeguarding Children Boards the duty to undertake a Serious Case Review whenever a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect are known or suspected to be a factor.

The purpose of a Serious Case Review is to enable agencies 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.

When a Local Safeguarding Children Board undertakes a Serious Case Review it must produce an Overview Report and an Executive Summary, both of which must be written by an independent person. These reports are anonymised, and are published by the Safeguarding Children Board here. WDSCB currently has two published Serious Case Reviews.

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