Serious Case Reviews

A Serious Case Review is held when a child has died and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child’s death; or where a child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child.

The purpose of the review is to:

  • Establish whether there are any lessons to be learnt from the case and from the way in which local professionals and organisations worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted on, what is expected to change as a result and within what timescale; and
  • As a consequence, improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

Serious Case Reviews in Halton

Learning & Improvement Framework

Serious Case Reviews are only one example of how we learn from experience.  As a learning organisation, Halton LSCB has developed a Local Learning & Improvement Framework which  sets out how we fulfil our responsibilities to learn from experience and improve local services as a result.

Halton’s Learning & Improvement Framework is informed by the North West Learning and Improvement Framework which sets out in further detail the framework for undertaking reviews.

Learning the lessons nationally

The lessons learned through the SCR process in other areas of the country can be relevant to our practice in Halton. A number of SCRs published nationally on LSCB websites across the country are available on the NSPCC website along with at-a-glance thematic briefings: NSPCC Portal (external link)

Reports and research summarising key findings from SCRs nationally can be viewed below.

More research reports can be found on the Department of Education website