A Serious Case Review (SCR) is held when a child has died (including suicide) or seriously injured and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor.
Reviews may also be held in other circumstances:
Serious Case Reviews are not undertaken to apportion blame. Advice and guidance is available to all the agencies working with children, about how to conduct a Serious Case Review.
Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 provides some guidance to the purpose and process of serious case reviews.
The purpose of Serious Case Reviews carried out under this guidance is to:
Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board SCR Panel is responsible for considering and undertaking any Serious Case Reviews.
An anonymised executive summary of each serious case review is made available online as HSCB has a responsibility to provide relevant information to those with a legitimate interest.
Learning the lessons nationally
The lessons identified by serious case reviews nationally are published.
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