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Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

A function of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership is to conduct a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review after a child has died or is seriously harmed as a result of abuse or neglect who’s permanent residence is within the Local Authority area.  The Hampshire National & Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review Procedure & Guidance sets out the arrangements that are in place to respond to these reviews and what happens once a referral is made to the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership under Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).

The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Reviews seek to prevent or reduce the risk of recurrence of similar incidents. They are not conducted to hold individuals, organisations or agencies to account.

‘Serious child safeguarding cases’ are those in which:

(a) abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected

(b)  the child has died or been seriously harmed

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) states that serious harm includes (but is not limited to) serious and/or long-term impairment of a child’s mental health or intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. It should also cover impairment of physical health. This is not an exhaustive list. When making decisions, judgment should be exercised in cases where impairment is likely to be long-term, even if this is not immediately certain. Even if a child recovers, including from a one-off incident, serious harm may still have occurred.

Meeting the criteria does not mean that Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership must automatically carry out a local child safeguarding practice review. Locally it is for the Learning and Inquiry Group, on behalf of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, to determine whether a review is appropriate, taking into account that the overall purpose of a review is to identify improvements to practice.

Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews reports are published on our website to enable the sharing of learning across the children’s workforce. All reports are anonymised for publication.

Published Reviews

All published reviews can be found in the Resource Library or by clicking the following link:

Published Reviews

National Case Review Repository

In November 2013 the NSPCC in collaboration with The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs launched the national case review repository. The repository provides a single place for published case reviews to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

National Case Review Repository

The NSPCC have put together a series of themed briefing documents highlighting the learning from published reviews. Each briefing focuses on a different topic, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners understand and act upon the learning.

Learning from Case Reviews