Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (formerly Serious Case Reviews)

Child safeguarding cases are those in which:

  • Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and
  • The child has died or has been seriously injured

The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. They should seek to prevent or reduce the risk of recurrence of similar incidents.

The criteria which the local safeguarding partners must take into account include whether the case:

  • highlights or may highlight improvements needed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including where those improvements have been previously identified
  • highlights or may highlight recurrent themes in the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children
  • highlights​ or may highlight concerns regarding two or more organisations or agencies working together effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • is one which the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have considered and concluded a local review may be more appropriate 


Serious Case Reviews are still being carried out under Working Together: Transitional Guidance until completion.

If you have an enquiry regarding any current or historical Serious Case Review please contact

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