Serious Case Reviews (Safeguarding Practice Reviews)

In England, child safeguarding practice reviews (previously known as serious case reviews) should be considered for serious child safeguarding cases where:

  • abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected
  • and a child has died or been seriously harmed.

This may include cases where a child has caused serious harm to someone else.

Serious harm includes, but is not limited to serious and/or long-term impairment of a child’s mental or physical health or intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.

This should include cases where impairment is likely to be long-term, even if this is not immediately certain.

  • There are 2 types of reviews: Local reviews – where safeguarding partners consider that a case raise issues of importance in relation to their area.
  • National reviews – where the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel considers that a case raises issues which are complex or of national importance. The Panel may also commission reviews on any incident(s) or theme they think relevant.

In England, the key guidance for safeguarding practice reviews is Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (Department for Education, 2018).

Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships/Boards are responsible for undertaking these reviews.

The content is anonymised in order to protect the confidentiality of relevant family members and others.

The LSCP has a responsibility to provide relevant information to those with a legitimate interest.

National Serious Case Reviews:

Daniel Pelka – Serious Case Review Overview Report 2015
Baby P first Serious Case Review Overview Report November 2008
Baby P First Overview Report Executive Summary 2008
Baby P second Serious Case Review Overview Report March 2009
Nursery Z Serious Case Review March 2010
Somerset Serious Case Review January 2012

Serious Case Review into Child Sexual Exploitation in Oxfordshire: from the experiences of Children A, B, C, D, E and F



2020 – Multi Agency Learning Review

Child Ava Final Report 19.11.20

Child AVA KSCP response final version

Child Paul Executive Summary Final Report

Child Paul Final Report

Child Paul Final Report – KSCP Response

Child Sam Final Report

Local Serious Case Reviews:


Child Y – Serious Case Review 2019

KSCP Response to Child Y SCR 2019


Child Jane SCR 2018

KSCB Response to Child Jane SCR 2018


SCR Learning Reminder Guide Jan 2017

Knowsley Serious Case Reviews ‘Learning the Lessons’ Newsletter Edition 2



Child Q & S Overview Report 2016

Child Q & S Executive Summary 2016

KSCB Response to Child Q & S 2016