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Child Safeguarding Practice Review (Previously known as Serious Case Reviews)

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. Learning is relevant locally, but it has a wider importance for practitioners working with children and families and for the Government and policy makers. Understanding whether there are systemic issues and whether and how policy and practice need to change, is critical to the system being dynamic and self improving.

Reviews should seek to prevent or reduce the risk of recurrence of similar incidents. They are not conducted to hold individuals, organisations or agencies to account, as there are other processes for that purpose, including through employment law and disciplinary procedures, professional regulation and, in exceptional cases, criminal proceedings. These processes maybe carried out alongside reviews or at a later stage. Employers should consider whether any disciplinary action should be taken against practitioners who conduct and/or practice falls below acceptable standards and should refer to their regulatory body as appropriate. Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (Chapter 4).

You can find information on Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews carried out in West Sussex here, or go to our National page for information in other areas.

 Child Death Reviews

There is a requirement to conduct a review of every child death to identify whether there are any lessons to be learned to prevent child deaths in the future. For more information go to our page on CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel)

Other types of Reviews

The WSSCP carries out a range of learning activities in order to understand how we can improve our safeguarding. This includes reviews into individual cases and reviews of practice across areas of safeguarding. For more information see our Learning & Improvement Framework.


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