Serious Case Reviews

Learning lessons from the reviews of children's cases

Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) were established to ensure that lessons are learned from the cases of children and young people that will protect and keep children safe in the future.

Serious Case Reviews bring together the records of all agencies that have had involvement with the child or family. An overview report is produced which provides a complete picture of events. This report contains analysis of contact with the child and family and decision making, it draws conclusions and makes recommendations.

Serious Case Reviews are undertaken to:

  • Establish what lessons are to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, what actions are required and in what timescales and what is expected to change as a result; and
  • Improve intra and inter agency working and better safeguard the welfare of children.

In addition, an LSCB may decide to carry out a review of a case that does not meet the SCR criteria if it feels that the learning from the case would be of benefit to local partners.

Recent reviews carried out in Reading can be found on the right of this page.

Reading LSCB Learning and Improvement Framework

The Reading LSCB Learning and Improvement Framework (copy attached on the right) sets out the process for undertaking reviews of children’s circumstances so as to better understand both the strengths and areas for improvement in the delivery of frontline services to children and their families. Learning from such reviews will assist the Reading LSCB to develop and strengthen safeguarding practice and arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Reading.

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