Serious case reviews

Gateshead LSCB Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) will be published on this page for a minimum of 12 months after completion.

Historic Gateshead SCRs are available from the LSCB Business Manager on request, where appropriate.

The prime purpose of a SCR is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Serious case reviews are a statutory process and are governed by Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015). SCRs are part of the reviewing and investigative function of LSCBs set out in Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006.  

The Gateshead LSCB SCR procedures are available via the child protection procedures.

LSCBs should undertake a SCR when a child dies and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death - irrespective of whether the local authority children's social care is, or has been, involved with the child or their family. The death of every child is also reviewed as part of the child protection procedures (see Chapter 5 of Working Together).

There are also a number of other situations where a child has been harmed and a LSCB should consider conducting a SCR to learn from the way agencies have worked together.

 In line with revised guidance from the Department for Education, anonymised Overview Reports for all SCRs initiated after 10 June 2010 will also be published below and all Executive Summaries. These documents will remain on the website for a minimum of 12 months in line with Working Together 2015.

Any professional can refer a case to Gateshead LSCB for consideration for a Serious Case Review where they have concerns about the way that agencies have worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of a child. This should be done in writing. Icon for word Complete the proforma [108KB] and have it countersigned by your agency's LSCB representative. If you are referring on behalf of another partnership it should be countersigned by the chair.

Gateshead LSCB also runs a multi-agency training session on local and national lessons from SCRs. For more information, and to book a place, please visit the LSCB training.

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