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Serious case reviews

Serious case reviews (SCR) are used to:

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

SCR publications


Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 sets out the functions of LSCBs. Regulation 5(1)(e) and (2) set out an LSCB's function in relation to serious case reviews, namely:

5(1)(e) undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (e) a serious case is one where:

(a) abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and

(b) either — (i) the child has died; or (ii) 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.

Historic Executive Summaries

For copies of historic Executive Summary reports, please contact:

Gary Watson
MSCB Business Manager

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