Serious Case Reviews
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5 of the Local
Safeguarding Children Board's Regulations 2006 requires Local
Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to undertake reviews of
serious cases where:
- 2(a) abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected;
- 2(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.
Chapter 4 of Working
Together 2013 sets out the purposes of and processes for
undertaking Serious Case Reviews (SCRs).
Cases which meet one of these criteria (for
example, regulation 5(2)(a) and (b)(i) or 5 (2)(a) and (b)(ii)
above) must always trigger an SCR. In addition, an
SCR should always be carried out when a child dies
in custody, in police custody, on remand or following sentencing,
in a Young Offender Institution, in a secure training centre or a
secure children's home, or where the child was detained under the
Mental Health Act 2005. Regulation 5(2)(b)(i) includes cases where
a child died by suspected suicide.
Where a case is being considered under regulation 5(2)(b)(ii),
unless it is clear that there are no concerns about inter-agency
working, the LSCB must commission an SCR.
Since June 2010, in accordance with national guidance,
commissioned Serious Case Reviews have had published Executive
Summary reports. Redacted overview reports are
available on request.
Details of how to contact West Sussex Children’s Social Care
when you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child or
young person can be found on their web page -
contact us about a child or young person. The referral form for
recording your concerns can be found below in Supporting
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