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Reviewing and investigating individual cases:

In accordance with Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Board Regulations 2006, the LSCB is required to undertake serious case reviews in specified circumstances which are:

The abuse of a child is known or suspected and either the child has died or 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.

The following principles are applied by the LSCB and their partner organisations to the learning and improvement framework:

  • there should be a culture of continuous learning and improvement across the organisations that work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, identifying opportunities to
  • draw on what works and promotes good practice
  • there should be a no blame culture which permeates all learning and development including serious case reviews
  • learning is a dynamic, continuous process and knowledge does not remain static
  • professionals and organisations will use evidence based, research to inform their practice
  • knowledge should be shared across agencies to build and enhance multi agency working families
  • Knowledge and information will be shared to build understanding and improve professional practice in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families
  • professional development is an ongoing process from induction onwards

The purpose of a Serious Case Review is to:

  • establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how and within what timescales they will be acted on and what is expected to change as a result
  • improve single and multi-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children

Serious Case Reviews should be conducted in a way which:

  • recognises the complex circumstances in which professionals work together to safeguard children
  • seeks to understand precisely who did what and the underlying reasons that led individuals and organisations to act as they did
  • seeks to understand practice from the viewpoint of the individuals and organisations involved at the time rather than using hindsight
  • is transparent about the way data is collected and analysed
  • makes use of relevant research and case evidence to inform the findings

(Also see Working Together to safeguard children

For more information please see the LSCB Chapter 4 Procedures on the Policies and Procedures page.

The Local Safeguarding Children Board has a statutory duty to publish the findings from any Serious Case Reviews it has undertaken locally.

For historic executive reports please contact North Lincolnshire’s People Directorate Freedom of Information Co-ordinator, Julie Pointon on 01724 296401.

This Serious Case Review concerns the death of a 17 year old. The draft report was presented to the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board in January 2015 pending the completion of other parallel proceedings and inquiries.

Serious Case Review: SI14 Overview Report [PDF 528Kb]

Date of Publication: 16 October 2015

On 16 October 2015, the LSCB published a serious case review referred to as SI14. The purpose of the review was to establish what lessons are learned from the case for improving safeguarding services, to interagency working and to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Practice Update – Learning Lessons from the Serious Case Review SI14 [PDF 85Kb] is available to download as a PDF.