Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Safeguarding Practice Reviews (formerly Serious Case Reviews or SCR’s) are always undertaken when a child dies and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death.  Additionally a Safeguarding Practice Review is always considered where:

  • a child sustains a potentially life threatening injury or serious and permanent impairment of health and development through abuse and neglect; or
  • a child has been seriously harmed as a result of being subjected to sexual abuse; or
  • a parent has been murdered and a domestic homicide review is being initiated under the Domestic Violence Act 2004; or
  • a child has been seriously harmed following a violent assault perpetrated by another child or an adult;

A Safeguarding Practice Review is a formal process of bringing together the records of all agencies that have had involvement with the child and family.  An overview report is produced which provides a complete picture of events. This report contains analysis of contact with the child and family and decision making, it draws together learning for agencies to respond to.

Recent Local Safeguarding Children Practice Reviews

After twelve months reports from serious case reviews are removed from the website.  They can be requested from the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership. Please ring 01484 225161, or email

KSCP has produced summaries of recent serious case reviews to support the learning that has arisen from these reviews. The summaries are 2 sides of A4 and include a summary of the case, key themes and lessons for practitioners and managers as well as links to supporting guidance documents.

Local Resources

Anyone can notify KSCP of a Serious Incident. Please use this form and send the details to

National Resources

Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (2018)

Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011 to 2014 This study examines serious case reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents from April 2011 to March 2014 and considers findings from a 10-year period from 2003.

The NSPCC has established a national repository of published case reviews. Access to this aims to improve learning and help professionals to protect children.

The NSPCC also provide thematic briefings that focus on specific topics, pulling together the key risk factors and practice recommendations.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (National Panel) works with the Department for Education and are an independent panel commissioning reviews of serious child safeguarding cases. They work to ensure that national and local reviews focus on improving learning, professional practice and outcomes for children.

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