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In some instances where a child has suffered harm a serious case review (SCR) is carried out to see what lessons can be learnt about how local professionals and organisations worked together and to make recommendations so that the welfare of children is better protected in future.
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Statement 23 November 2015
Chair of the Merton Safeguarding Children Board, Keith Makin said:
“Although Merton’s involvement in the care of the family was several years ago, we continue to be shocked and saddened by the events that happened last year. We welcome the recommendations in the report, which will help us in working collaboratively with a range of families with complex needs to ensure they maintain the best quality of life.”
Serious case reviews (SCRs) must be undertaken by local safeguarding children boards (LCSBs) where —
In addition, an SCR should always be carried out when a child dies in custody, in police custody, on remand or following sentencing, in a young offender institution, in a secure training centre or a secure children’s home, or where the child was detained under the Mental Health Act 2005. SCRs should also be carried out in cases where a child died by suspected suicide.
LSCBs should also conduct reviews of cases which do not meet the criteria for an SCR, but which can provide valuable lessons about how organisations are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The final decision on whether to conduct the SCR rests with the LSCB Chair.
Source: Department for Education website: Serious Case Reviews
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