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Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)

When a child dies or is seriously harmed, including death by suspected suicide, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death, the LSCB is required to conduct a Serious Case Review into the involvement of organisations and professionals in the lives of the child and the family.

See the WSSCP SCR Procedure and Process Flow below for more information

The purpose of a Serious Case Review is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard children, identify what needs to be changed and, as a consequence, improve multi-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

You can find information on SCRs carried out in West Sussex here, or go to our National page for information on SCRs in other areas

 Child Death Reviews

The WSSCP is also required 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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