Safeguarding practice reviews

This page contains relevant information and guidance relating to case reviews published by Warwickshire Safeguarding.

Chapter 4 of the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 places a duty on local safeguarding partnerships to undertake a rapid review for serious child safeguarding cases where:

  • Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
  • The child has died or been seriously harmed.

Serious harm includes (but is not limited to):

  • Serious and/or long-term impairment of a child's:
    1. Mental health; or
    2. Intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development; or
    3. Physical health

Rapid review

The purpose of a rapid review is to:

  • gather the facts about the case, as far as they can be readily established at the time
  • discuss whether there is any immediate action needed to ensure children’s safety and share any learning appropriately
  • consider the potential for identifying improvements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • decide what steps they should take next.

All agencies who have been involved with the subject child or family will be required to contribute to the rapid review. An initial scoping of agencies’ intervention will be completed and other relevant information will need to be rapidly gathered.

To support this, agencies are asked to produce an Individual Agency Summary.

The purpose of the initial scoping and information sharing is to gather the basic facts about the case, including determining the extent of agency involvement with the child and family.

More detailed information will be sought if the rapid review concludes the case has the potential to identify national or local learning and a decision is made to recommend a Child Safeguarding Practice Review, or an alternative Learning Review.

Although any agency can refer a case (see attached referral form) all notifications to Ofsted and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel must come from the Local Authority.

Once the Local Authority notifies Ofsted, this becomes a rapid review referral and Warwickshire Safeguarding will be required to comply with the 15 day timeframe stipulated within Working Together 2018. Click here for an overview of the process.


The responsibility for learning lessons from serious child safeguarding incidents lies with the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel at a national level and safeguarding partners at a local level (local authorities, chief officers of police and clinical commissioning groups).

Within Warwickshire, the Safeguarding Reviews Subgroup leads this work at a local level.

Case Reviews

Below are links to the child safeguarding practice reviews (Formerly referred to as Serious Case Reviews, prior to the introduction of Working Together 2018) published by Warwickshire Safeguarding

A Serious Case Review has been undertaken in relation to the case of 'Sophie'.

Please see below for the summary of the full report and its findings:

Final Report - WSCB SCR Sophie

A Serious Case Review has been undertaken in relation to the case of 'Child K'.

Please see below for the full report and its findings:

Final Report - WSCB Review Child K

A Serious Case Review has been undertaken in relation to the case of ‘Amy’.

Please see below for the full report and its findings:

Final Report - Learning from "Amy"

A serious case review has been undertaken in relation to the case of child J.

Download Serious Case Review Child J PDF

Warwickshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (WSCB) has today (1 March) published a serious case review (SCR) following the death of “T” a 23 month old infant.

Download Serious Case Review Child T PDF

Warwickshire Safeguarding Childrens Board (WSCB) has undertaken a Serious Case Review following the death of ‘John’ a ten-week-old baby in September 2013.

Download the Serious Case Review PDF

Download WSCB Response to John SCR PDF

Learning from a review of Fostering and Adoption Services -  January 2018
A recent independent review was completed of the Adoption and Fostering Services in Warwickshire, which considered the importance of how the sharing of information between teams contributes towards robust and accurate assessment of carers.  Adopting a child is different from fostering; both carry an imperative on the carer to provide for and respond to the child's needs, but in very different circumstances.  

The learning that the review identified has now been published for sharing and wider dissemination.  To access, click here.


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