Serious case reviews

Local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) are required to carry out reviews of serious cases (SCRs) in specific circumstances.

A serious case is where abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and either:

  • The child has died.
  • The child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child (See regulation 5 of the local safeguarding children boards regulations 2006)

In Derbyshire, serious incident learning reviews (SILRs) take place when, after an initial review of the case, it is decided that there are lessons to be learnt, but the threshold for a SCR is not met.

The learning review consists of professionals from each agency involved with the child or family, meeting together, usually for a day, to share information, identify good practice and missed opportunities. Learning which might help to prevent similar events in the future is identified.

SCRs and SILRs in Derbyshire

The summaries of a number of SCRs and SILRs in Derbyshire are available to download from the related documents section. Whilst every effort has been made to protect the confidentiality of individuals involved in these cases, we ask that persons accessing these sensitive reports show due respect to the families concerned when reading and sharing content.

We have also contributed to SCRs and SILRs in other parts of the country when a child or significant family member has a connection with the county.

Learning from SCRs and SILRs

We recognise the importance of learning and improving from our experiences in this area. A range of learning and themes from SCRs and SILRs have been identified from our most recent reviews, and from the preceding three years. We have distributed leaflets, posters and mouse-mats across partners throughout the county which contain the learning from SCRs and SLRS.

These documents are available to download from the related documents section.

We have also produced an online elearning package for everyone who works with children, young people and their parents, carers and families.

Related documents

Our documents are published in either Portable Document Format (PDF) or Microsoft Word format. If you have any problems accessing any of our documents, please contact us.