Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

What are Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews?

The ERSCP is required to undertake a local Child Safeguarding Practice Review where abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected, a child has died, or been seriously harmed, and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the local authority, safeguarding partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

Individual Case Review Panel

Statutory Guidance supports the ERSCP to establish an Individual Case Review Panel to undertake such a Child Safeguarding Practice Review and ensure that learning is shared and embedded into practice.


The ERSCP may decide to conduct such a review whenever a child has died or has been seriously harmed in any of the following situations and the case gives rise to concerns about the way in which local professionals and services worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (including inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working):

  • A child dies
  • A child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child
  • A child sustains a potentially life-threatening injury or serious and permanent impairment of physical and mental health and development through abuse or neglect
  • A child has been seriously harmed as a result of being subjected to sexual abuse
  • A parent has been murdered and a domestic homicide review is being initiated under the Domestic Violence Act 2004
  • A child has been seriously harmed following a violent assault perpetrated by another child or an adult.

Lessons Learned from Local Serious Case Reviews

ERSCP Serious Case Review (SCR) Baby B

ERSCP SCR Baby B Learning Brief

Lessons Learned from Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

ERSCP Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (LCSPR) Child F (pdf 272kb)

ERSCP Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (LCSPR) Child F - Learning Brief (pdf 190kb)