Case Reviews

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 Published Case Reviews

Thematic Review of Child Suicide or Death Through Undetermined Intent – Published 27th March 2024

This report was commissioned by the Safeguarding Children Partnership. The review was written by Independent Author, Nicola Brownjohn.

Case Review Learning Summary Child Sexual Abuse – Published 7th February 2024

Learning Summary Reports are published by the Safeguarding Children Partnership when our Rapid
Review Meeting has concluded that the circumstances leading to the serious harm, or death of a child,
meet the criteria for a Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) but a fuller independent review is not deemed
necessary or when publication of a full Safeguarding Practice Review is pended whilst parallel processes conclude. 

This summary draws out the learning and recommendations arising from a Child Safeguarding Practice Review into child sexual abuse conducted by an Independent Author. The full report will be released on conclusion of other processes

Thematic Review of Contextual Safeguarding Responses in Cheshire West and Cheshire East – Published 21st September 2022 Key Issues: Harm outside the home, Drugs, Prevention, Mental Health, Exclusion, Think Family, Communities

This review was jointly commissioned by Cheshire West and Cheshire East Safeguarding Children Partnerships following a disturbance involving a group of adults and a number of young people. The incident resulted in three adults being stabbed, one of whom tragically died from their injuries. The review was written by Independent Author, Maureen Noble.

Case Review Learning Summary – Child F – September 2022

Learning Summary Reports are published by the Safeguarding Children Partnership when our Rapid
Review Meeting has concluded that the circumstances leading to the serious harm, or death of a child,
meet the criteria for a Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) but a fuller independent review is not deemed
necessary. This review was led by our Independent Chair and supported by our local Rapid Review Panel, following the tragic death of a child as a result of Non-Accidental Injury

Thematic Review into Non-Accidental Injuries to Children under 1 year – Published 7th February 2022

This report was commissioned by the Safeguarding Children Partnership following injuries to two infants whilst in parental care. The review was written by Independent Author, Paul Sharkey.

Family X – Published 24th May 2021

Key Issues: Neglect, Elective Home Education, Families who avoid services, Safeguarding Adults with Care and Support Needs, Childhood obesity.

This report was commissioned by the Safeguarding Children Partnership and Local Safeguarding Adult Board as it involved two children and an adult with care and support needs. The review was written by Independent Author, Maureen Noble. A series of practitioner briefings were held in March 2021 to share the learning from this review.

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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.

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: