LSCBLocal Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

Serious Case Reviews are not ends in themselves. The purpose of these reviews is to identify improvements needed and to consolidate good practice.

The findings from Serious Case Reviews are translated into programmes of action which lead to sustainable improvements and the prevention of death, serious injury or harm to children.

Summary of actions taken as a result of recent Northamptonshire Serious Case Reviews: 

  • Self-harm Pathway revised, with a particular focus on young people who are about to be young adults.
  • Leaving Care Protocol has been revised.
  • Recognition of and response to reported sexual abuse is now included in training programmes.
  • Pre-birth Assessment Protocol has been revised and was re-launched in 2014.
  • Use of Common Assessment Framework (CAF) has been addressed.
  • Individual agency Action Plans are reported to and monitored by Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board.
  • A more varied approach to dessemination of SCR recommendations is now taken, including training, newsletters and practitioner briefings.
  • Promotion of Safe Sleeping undertaken.

Materials for professionals and practitioners: 

Details of how Serious Case Reviews are incorporated into ongoing training for professionals can be found in the NSCB Learning and Development Strategy 2014-16

Last updated: 07 October 2016

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