A serious case is defined as:
- Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected
- 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, their board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard children.
Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) are required to consider undertaking a review of these serious cases. These reviews are called Serious Case Reviews (SCRs).
The purpose of a SCR 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.
At Wigan we have also committed to undertaking Multi-Agency Learning Reviews (MALRs) for instances where the case does not meet the criteria for a serious case review but it is considered that there are lessons for multi-agency partners.
During 2013 to 2014 three SCRs have been undertaken and one MALR.