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Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (previously Serious Case Reviews)

The Safeguarding Children Partnership (SCP) is responsible for initiating a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) in circumstances where there has been a death or serious injury to a child, abuse or neglect is known or suspected, and there are opportunities for learning in relation to 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

The Safeguarding Children Partnership and all its member agencies are committed to working together to tackle bullying and ensure that children are kept safe. We recognise that schools cannot do this alone. Following some briefings in December 2019, it was asked that further workshops were put on to enable school staff and other partners more time to reflect what good practice could look like. A multi-agency task group has been working hard to develop this and are very pleased to extend invitations to our first event to Northwich and Winsford Schools. Further dates for Chester and Ellesmere Port will follow.

Monday 30th March 2020 9:15am – 12:30pm at Cheshire Football Association, Hartford House, Moss Farm Leisure Complex, Northwich, CW8 4BG.

The session will cover:
• Highlights from Lauren’s story
• Launch of the Safeguarding Children Partnership Anti-Bullying Award for Schools
• Good practice examples of anti-bullying schemes within schools
• Good practice guidelines for managing children on bail in education settings
• Conducting a good risk assessment
• Understanding when bullying becomes harassment and when safeguarding responses are required.

We are asking primary and secondary schools to attend and as such can only offer one place per school for this event. To secure your place please contact

Practice Learning Reviews (PLRs)

Cheshire West and Chester SCP undertakes ‘Learning Reviews’ for cases that do not meet the criteria for a Local Safeguarding Child Practice 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 Practice Improvement Group of the SCP will consider referrals for Learning Reviews. A Rapid Review Panel is convened, made up of members from the Practice Improvement Group, when a referral is for a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review. There are statutory timeframes in respect of holding the Rapid Review meeting and therefore it is important that referrals are submitted in a timely fashion.

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