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Serious Case Reviews

SCR Process


When a child dies in circumstances where abuse or neglect are known or suspected, Local Safeguarding Children Boards are required to conduct a serious case review into the involvement of organisations and professionals with the child and family.


The purpose of each review is to:


Serious Case Reviews are learning exercises and not investigations to find out who is to blame for things going wrong.


The ESCB will conduct its Serious Case Reviews following the strategy and methodology in the SCR Toolkit. 


There is also the ESCB Rapid Review Process for Case Reviews, July 2018. 


Making a referral for a serious case review

If you become aware of a case which you believe fits the criteria for a serious case review you should discuss this with your manager or senior officer and ESCB agency representative. If following this discussion it is agreed to make a referral you should contact the ESCB Office who will provide a referral form and explain the next steps. Having made the referral it will be considered by the serious case review sub committee who will make a recommendation to the Chair of the ESCB as to whether the serious case review should go ahead. Further details are shown on  the Guidelines for Decision Making flow chart which is included at appendix 1 of the SCR Toolkit.


The NSPCC have a list of published Serious Case Reviews here.


Useful resources


SCR toolkit 


ESCB Rapid Review Process for Case Reviews, July 2018 


ADCS - The role of serious case reviews in improving the child protection system


ADCS - Serious Case Reviews in Child Protection - Historical Reflections


ESCB Serious Case Review Learning Briefing (July 2017) - learning from Essex SCRs