Serious Case Review (SCR)

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1. What prompts a review?
A serious case review (SCR) is required to identify how, when and why a child died as a result of abuse or neglect. A SCR takes place after a child’s death or the child gets seriously injured and abuse or neglect believed to have taken place. It looks at ways in which abuse and neglect can be help prevent it in similar situations in the future. When a child dies (or death by suspected suicide) and abuse or neglect was a known factor of death, the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) conducts a serious case review following stator guidance. The decisions to conduct a SCR should be made within one month of the notification of the incident. The LSCB notifies the National Panel of Independent Experts and Office for …show more content…

Child BS and their family were not known to any additional children’s services prior to the incident. Following the incident, MS and FP were arrested on suspicion of causing the injuries of Child BS. They both initially denied causing injury to Child BS. MS was placed on police bail and FP was charged with murder and remanded in custody until the criminal trial. The suspect FP pleaded guilty on the first day of the criminal trial and was sentenced to nine years …show more content…

This supervision should foster continuous support, teamwork and improvement to encourage confidential discussion of sensitive issues.

The review makes few recommendations, accepting that the lessons learnt by individual agencies such as the nursery and Ofsted have either been addressed or are being addressed through internal management systems.

Recommendations are as follows:
1. Early Years’ Service lead a review and develop common guidance and supporting documentation to be made available to local nursery providers in respect of safeguarding children.
2. There are needs for the development of public awareness in relation to domestic abuse and the risks to children during parental separation and newly formed relationships.
3. The board requires core safeguarding agencies to refresh their perspective to strategy meetings to guarantee that any reference to injuries are specific, descriptive and contextual, common records of meetings noted and shared by Children’s Social

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