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Case Reviews

Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)

The LSCB is responsible for initiating a Serious Case Review (SCR) in circumstances where there has been a death of a child or young person and abuse or neglect is known or suspected, or where there has been a serious injury and there are concerns about inter-agency working.
The purpose of the Review is to:

  • Establish whether there are any lessons to be learnt from the case and from the way in which local professionals and organisations worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted on, what is expected to change as a result and within what timescale; and
  • As a consequence, improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

Cheshire West Case Reviews


Practice Learning Reviews (PLRs)

Cheshire West and Chester LSCB undertakes ‘Practice Learning Reviews’ for cases that do not meet the criteria for a Serious Case Review, but that nonetheless offer an opportunity for investigation to ascertain facts and lessons to be learnt.

Making a referral for a case review

The Audit and Case Review sub-group of the LSCB will consider referrals for practice learning reviews and serious case reviews. Please complete and return the referral form:

The ADCS (Association of Directors of Children’s Services) have published a helpful suite of materials to support safeguarding partners in sharing expertise and good practice in the particularly complex area of Serious Case Reviews. Together these materials are essential reading about the history of how the processes of reviewing serious cases have evolved and includes practical advice and guidance on some of the complex issues involved in multi-agency child protection, managing the public and political responses to serious incidents, and, crucially, how best to identify and disseminate learning in a timely and appropriate fashion.

Learning from Case Reviews and Audits

We have reviewed all case review activity since 2013 – 2015 and a number of themes emerged which are captured in the learning summaries below:

In addition the following provide a helpful summary of thematic learning from national reviews