Guide to serious case reviews
Author: Susan Dunstall, independent child protection consultant and local safeguarding children board independent chair BIOG
Publication Date: 01 December 2011
What is a serious case review (SCR)?
What are the purposes of a serious case review?
When is it appropriate for the local safeguarding children’s board (LSCB) to commission or consider a serious case review?
What are the criteria?
The serious case review sub-committee and SCR panels
Does the case meet the serious case review criteria?
Scope and terms of reference
Who should be involved?
Individual management reviews (IMRs)
The overview report
The executive summary
The action plan
Responsibilities of the SCR panel
The serious case review report and the LSCB
Appendix i – Scope and terms of reference: Issues for consideration
Appendix ii – The executive summary format
The purpose of this guide is to provide a synopsis of the statutory guidance contained in chapter 8 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010, and subsequent amendments to that guidance, concerning the purpose and process of a serious case review.
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