Reviews

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Safeguarding Adults Reviews are a statutory requirement for Safeguarding Partnerships.

A review may be commissioned when a child or adult with needs for care and support has either died or suffered serious harm and there are concerns about how partner organisations worked together to safeguard the individual. 

The purpose of a review is to promote learning throughout the partnership and to improve practice.  

**Update March 2020**

Please see attached communication from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel  and DfE regarding the current position on serious incident notifications and child safeguarding practice reviews in light of the Coronavirus.

Communication from Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel [PDF Document]

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations in Darlington will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in its area.

A key function is to undertake reviews of serious cases.  

Any professionals or agency may refer a case to the Statutory Safeguarding Partners if they believe that there are important lessons to be learned from the case.

The purpose of a Child Safeguarding Practice Review is to:

  • Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result
  • Improve intra and inter-agency working to ensure better safeguards and promote the welfare of children.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 [PDF Document]

Serious Child Safeguarding Incident Procedure  [PDF Document]

Serious Child Safeguarding Notification Form [Word Document]

The process for undertaking a child safeguarding practice review is outlined in the procedure.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Procedure and Practice Guidance [PDF Document]

NSPCC - Child Safeguarding Practice Review Quality Markers [External Link]

Published Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Statutory guidance Working Together 2018 states ‘Reviews are about promoting and sharing information about improvements, both within the area and potentially beyond, so safeguarding partners must publish the report, unless they consider it inappropriate to do so. In such a circumstance, they must publish any information about the improvements that should be made following the review that they consider it appropriate to publish. The name of the reviewer(s) should be included. Published reports or information must be publicly available for at least one year.’

Serious Case Review Report - Child F

You will find additional information on SCR's on the NSPCC website.  A full list of all published serious case reviews [External Link] can be searched. 

The Statutory Safeguarding Partners must arrange for there to be a review of a case involving an adult in its area with needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority has been meeting any of those needs) if:

There is reasonable cause for concern about how the Safeguarding Partners, members of the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership or other persons with relevant functions worked together to safeguard the adult AND:

EITHER

  • the adult has died, and the Statutory Safeguarding Partners know or suspect that the death resulted from abuse or neglect (whether or not it knew about or suspected the abuse or neglect before the adult died). OR
  • the adult is still alive and the Statutory Safeguarding Partners know or suspect that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.

The Statutory Safeguarding Partners may also arrange for there to be a review of any other case. 

The process for undertaking a Safeguarding Adult review is outlined in the Protocol. 

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Protocol [PDF Document]

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Referral Form [Word Document]

SAR leaflet for families

A leaflet has been provided to explain what a Safeguarding Adult Review is about. 

Safeguarding Adult Review Leaflet [PDF Document]

Published Safeguarding Adult Reviews

There are currently no Safeguarding Adult Reviews published in the past 12 months.

Lessons Learnt Research Digest

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has produced a Lessons Learnt Research Digest bulletin to share messages from recently published Serious Case Reviews, Safeguarding Adult Reviews and local lessons learnt. The cases identify lessons to be learnt to improve learning and develop practice across multi-agencies to safeguard children and young people, and adults with need for care and support. 

DSP Learning Research Digest issue 1 (Nov 2019)

DSP Learning Research Digest issue 2 (June 2020)

You will find additional information on SCR's on the NSPCC website.  A full list of all published serious case reviews [External Link] can be searched. 

Learning from National reviews

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have published two National Reviews, click on the links below to review full published report: 

Safeguarding Children at Risk from Criminal Exploitation

Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) in families where the children are considered at risk of significant harm