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A Serious Case Review (SCR) is undertaken when abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and either the child has died; or the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way organisations worked together. The purpose of a Serious Case Review is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons that improve the way in which they work, both individually and collectively, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board (CPSCB) has a sub-committee which oversees and quality assures all the Serious Case Reviews undertaken by the Board, and provides advice on whether the criteria for conducting a review have been met. Any professional or agency may refer a case for consideration using the referral form below.

Joint SCR Referral form

Upon completion of an Serious Case Review, there is an expectation that the final report is published in full and will be available on the website for a minimum of 12 months. The report will include information on the review process, key issues arising from the case and recommendations / key issues for the Safeguarding Children Board and its partner agencies to consider. Additional information and guidance in relation to Serious Case Reviews can be found in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

In addition to Serious Case Reviews, the Safeguarding Children Board will also undertake Multi-Agency Case Reviews / Partnership Reviews which do not meet the criteria for an SCR, but are considered to offer good opportunities to identify lessons for learning and ways in which multi-agency practice to safeguard children and young people can be improved locally.

Published Serious Case Reviews

Statutory guidance Working Together says ‘all reviews of cases meeting the SCR criteria should result in a report which is published and readily accessible on the LSCB’s website for a minimum of 12 months. Thereafter the report should be made available on request’

Please see below every Serious Case Review published by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board in the past 12 months

There are currently no Serious Case Reviews published in the past 12 months

Practitioner Briefings from Serious Case Review and Multi-Agency Reviews
Professional Leaflets from previous SCRs

Following the completion and publication of the Serious Case Review Overview Report, a ‘Highlighting Lessons’ leaflet and briefing presentation is produced to assist with disseminating the lessons and recommendations arising from the Serious Case Review to professionals.

Below are all the Highlighting Lessons leaflets from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board

NSPCC SCR Repository

The national repository of published case reviews is a collaboration between the NSPCC and the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs. The aim is to hold all case reviews in a central location, so the learning contained within them is easier to access.

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