Serious case reviews

There is a requirement for the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership to undertake reviews of serious cases in specified circumstances.

A serious case is defined as:

  • Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and
  • Either if the child has died, or has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, partnership partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard children.

Wigan Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (WSCP) undertake rapid reviews into serious child safeguarding cases and consider whether the threshold for a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (LCSPRs) / Serious Case Review (SCR) is met.

The purpose of a SCR / LCSPR is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which professionals and organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

LCSPRs / Serious Case Reviews are published by Wigan Safeguarding Partnership in the form of Executive Summary Report.