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Serious Case Reviews

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Local Serious Case Reviews

Working Together 2015 states that a Serious Case Review (SCR) must be undertaken by Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) where:

(a) abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and

(b) either — (i) the child has died; or (ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

Buckinghamshire Serious Case Reviews are available below:

Date Publication
June 2017 Overview Report for Baby Q with action plan
June 2017 Executive Summary for Baby E
Overview Report for Baby E
Agency statements re Baby E
April 2017 Child Sexual Exploitation in Buckinghamshire 1998 – 2016
March 2017 Overview Report – Baby M
Agency Statements – Baby M
November 2015 Harrow SCR – Baby F
We have provided a link to this serious case review conducted by the Harrow Safeguarding Children Board because it mentions a number of Buckinghamshire Services.
October 2015 Overview Report  – Baby L
August 2015 Overview Report – Baby K
Executive Summary – Baby K
Agency Statements – Baby K
April 2015 Lessons Learnt Report – Young Person J
May 2014 Overview Report – Young Person G
Executive Summary – Young Person G
May 2014 Overview Report – Baby D
Executive Summary – Baby D
January 2014 Overview Report – Child F
May 2013 Overview Report – Child C
Executive Summary  – Child C
July 2010 Executive Summary – Child W
October 2009 Executive Summary – Young Person B
September 2009 Executive Summary – Child Z

N.b. Government Legislation confirms that for all Serious Case Reviews initiated on or after 10th June 2010, both the Executive Summary and Overview Report should be published.

What to do if you need to make a Serious Case Referral

Working Together 2015 provides clear criteria in Chapter 4 about when the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) should conduct a Serious Case Review (SCR). BSCB partner agencies should ensure that Serious Incidents which may meet the criteria for an SCR are also brought to the attention of the BSCB SCR Sub Group using this form. For cases that do not meet the criteria for an SCR, the Sub Group will consider where another form of partnership or learning review may be appropriate to ensure lessons are learned.

Where partners feel a serious incident does not meet the definition for a SCR, but cannot be dealt with internally by the referring agency alone, then the Sub Group can consider making a recommendation on whether there should be a wider review involving more than one agency. This form should also be used for referring such cases.

Anyone wishing to refer a case to the SCR Sub Group should discuss the case, and their reasons for referring it, with their agency’s Designated Safeguarding Lead/Officer before making the referral. They should then notify the BSCB as soon as possible.

Please use this form:  SCR Referral Form and send the completed form to: secure-bscb@buckscc.gcsx.gov.uk

The BSCB have created a leaflet for professionals explaining the process of a Serious Case Review.

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

  • The BSCB have produced SCR Learning Leaflets for all practitioners to refer to on the following topics:
  • Learning from Baby Q: A PowerPoint presentation and audio commentary to provide an overview of the case and the learning that was identified as a result of the review.
  • The BSCB has produced a learning log to share the learning from a recent West Berkshire Serious Case Review (SCR), which was initiated following the conviction of two individuals for sexual offences against children. Both had connections with a school – one as a teacher and the other as a youth counsellor, who was also the local vicar.
  • The BSCB have put together a Key Learning Points booklet highlighting significant learning from both local and national SCRs.
  • The NSPCC have put together a series of themed briefing documents highlighting the learning from serious case reviews. Each briefing focuses on a different topic, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners understand and act upon the learning:
    Learning from Case Reviews