SCR – Introduction

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Regulation 6 of the Local Safeguarding Children Board Regulations 2006, made under section 14(2) of the Children Act 2004 states that ‘where a child dies or has been seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is a factor and there is cause for concern as to the way in which agencies and organisations have worked together’ then a serious case review should take place.

A serious case review will normally involve all those agencies who where / have been working with the child / family prior to the child’s death.

There is a independent National Serious Case Review Panel to help ensure that lessons are learned when a child dies or is seriously harmed and there are signs of abuse or neglect. The panel produces a report annually, the second report is available via the links section on this page.

The NSPCC website has a very useful section on published national Serious Case Reviews – accessed via the link in the ‘useful links’ area (NSPCC SCRs) this link will direct you to a different website.