Professional

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. 

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What have we done so far to make improvements from this Serious Case Review?

Wigan Council Children’s Social Care have made improvements from the recommendations in this case by:

  • There is a stronger and more robust process in place around assessing carers. It is a priority for Wigan to place children safely with extended family members wherever possible to ensure children remain connected with their communities and families
  • Private fostering arrangements are regularly audited, and they continue to improve processes and practice. Awareness raising sessions have also been held with staff.

The Midwifery Service and Health Visiting Service have made improvements from the recommendations in this report by:

  • Ensuring that family composition and any associated risk are considered within antenatal appointments by completing a risk assessment tool
  • Reviewing procedures are in place for when a child transfers from Midwifery to Health Visiting services or moves across teams within the borough.

Wigan Adult Safeguarding Board have made improvements from the recommendations in this report by:

  • The creation of Safe and Effective Action plans which will be monitored
  • WSAB Professional curiosity training has been updated to include the learning from this case
  • Wigan Safeguarding Adult Board have commissioned a review and refresh of the Mental Capacity Act across all partners.

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What have we done so far to make improvements from this Serious Case Review?

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