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.  

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in Darlington will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in its area, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. Darlington Safeguarding Partnership is pro-active to undertake a coordinating and monitoring role.

One of the most important functions of Darlington Safeguarding Partnership is to undertake reviews of serious cases and to advise the Statutory Safeguarding Partners and the wider Darlington Safeguarding Partnership of lessons to be learned.

The primary purpose of a Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) is for organisations and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The lessons learned should be disseminated effectively, and the recommendations should be implemented in a timely manner so that the changes required result, wherever possible, in children being protected from suffering or being likely to suffer harm in the future.

It is essential, to maximise the quality of learning, that the child’s daily life experiences and an understanding of his or her welfare, wishes and feelings are at the centre of the CSPR, irrespective of whether the child died or was seriously harmed. This perspective should inform the scope and terms of reference of the CSPR as well as the ways in which the information is presented at all stages of the process, including the conclusions and recommendations. Reviews vary in their breadth and complexity but in all cases, where possible lessons should be acted upon quickly without necessarily waiting for the CSPR to be completed.

Any professionals or agency may refer a case to the Statutory Safeguarding Partners if they believe that there are important lessons for intra and/or inter-agency working 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]

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 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.

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Policy and Practice Guidance Document [PDF Document]

Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Referral Form [PDF 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 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.

DSP Learning Research Digest issue 1

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.