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Serious Case Review Panel

What are Serious Case Reviews?

The statutory function of ERSCB is to undertake a serious case review where abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected, a child has died, or been seriously harmed, and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the local authority, Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

Statutory Guidance on Learning and Improvement sets out the process that must be followed when undertaking serious case reviews and serious incident reviews.

Serious Case Reviews (SCR) are undertaken by local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) for every case where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and either:

  • a child dies;

  • a child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child

Additionally, LSCBs may decide to conduct a SCR whenever a child has been seriously harmed in any of the following situations and the case gives rise to concerns about the way in which local professionals and services worked togheter to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (including inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working):

  • A child sustains a potentially life-threatening injury or serious and permanent impairment of physical and mental health and development through abuse or neglect;

  • A child has been seriously harmed as a result of being subjected to sexual abuse;

  • A parent has been murdered and a domestic homicide review is being initiated under the Domestic Violence Act 2004;

  • A child has been seriously harmed following a violent assault perpetrated by another child or an adult.

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Lessons Learned from Local Serious Case Reviews

The report of a Serious Case Review of Baby A - published November 2016.

Serious Case Review - Baby A - November 2016 (pdf 394kb opens in a new window)

The report of a Serious Case Review into a girl that died aged 14 years was published on 10th October, 2013.

Serious Case Review (pdf 312kb opens in a new window)

Action Plan (pdf 191kb opens in a new window)

Statement (pdf 47 kb opens in a new window)

Self-harm (pdf 115kb opens in a new window)


Serious Case Review Panel Meetings 2018

Held at County Hall,Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA

2 March 2018 9.30am - 12.30pm

8 June 2018 9.30am - 12.30pm

7 September 2018 9.30am - 12.30pm

7 December 2018 9.30am - 12.30pm


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