A serious case review is a review of all services that have been provided to a child or a young person and their family prior to their death
A serious case review is a review of all services that have been provided to a child or a young person and their family prior to their death (including death by suicide) or serious injury, in case abuse or neglect are believed to be a contributory factor. LSCBs are required to undertake Serious Case Reviews under regulation 5 of the Children Act 2004 and guidance for this is contained in Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) is a multi-agency body with the role of coordinating all organisations in an area, and ensure they comply with the policies and procedures to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Each LSCB has his own procedures for dealing with child abuse, in line with legislation and government guidance and decides whether it is a serious case to review. They must find out why the incident happened, why nothing was done and why the procedures weren’t acted upon.
The main purposes of the review are to:
• establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the case in order to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
• clearly identify what those lessons are, how they can be acted upon, and what is expected to change as a result;
• improve multi-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young adults.