Serious Case Review

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Serious case reviews (SCRs)
The LSCB is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in that locality, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. LSCBs carry out functions set out in regulations (LSCB Regulations 2006, S.I. 2006 no.90). Their work includes •agreeing local policies and procedures for how the different organisations will work together on safeguarding •contributing to local plans

communicating to local organisations and the community
ensuring safeguarding training is provided, monitoring what the LSCB members do and how effective local safeguarding is. LSCBs are also required to undertake serious case reviews and child death reviews. Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 requires LSCBs to undertake reviews of serious cases. These reviews are known as serious case reviews (SCRs). Chapter 8 of Working together to safeguard children sets out the purposes of and processes for undertaking SCRs. SCRs are undertaken when a child dies (including death by suspected suicide), and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death. Additionally, LSCBs may decide to conduct a SCR whenever a child has been seriously harmed in any of the following situations and the case gives rise to concerns about the way in which local professionals and services worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (including inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working): •a child sustains a potentially life-threatening injury or serious and permanent impairment of physical and mental health and development through abuse or neglect •a child has been seriously harmed as a result of being subjected to sexual abuse •a parent has been murdered and a domestic homicide review is being initiated under the Domestic Violence Act 2004 •a child has been seriously harmed following a violent assault...
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