Serious child safeguarding cases are those in which:
abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and
the child has died or been seriously harmed
Serious harm includes (but is not limited to) serious and/or long-term impairment of a child’s mental or physical health or intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.
Any individual or organisation working with children and young people in Lambeth should inform the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Partnership of any incident they think meets this criteria.
Professionals should discuss the case with their agency designated safeguarding lead/officer to help formulate the rationale. A referral should be made as soon as possible after the serious incident occurs.
A multi-agency Rapid Review of your referral will be undertaken and you will be informed of the outcome.
The outcome from a Rapid Review can include recommending a Local or National Child Safeguarding Practice Review. Through the Rapid Review, it may be possible to identify all learning and make recommendations for improvement, without need for further review.
Criteria for an Child Safeguarding Practice Review
The criteria which the local safeguarding partners take into account when considering to conduct an SPR include whether the case:
highlights or may highlight improvements needed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including where those improvements have been previously identified
highlights or may highlight recurrent themes in the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children
highlights or may highlight concerns regarding two or more organisations or agencies working together effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
is one which the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have considered and concluded a local review may be more appropriate
Safeguarding partners should also have regard to the following circumstances
where the safeguarding partners have cause for concern about the actions of a single agency
where there has been no agency involvement and this gives the safeguarding partners cause for concern
where more than one local authority, police area or clinical commissioning group is involved, including in cases where families have moved around
where the case may raise issues relating to safeguarding or promoting the welfare of children in institutional settings
Some cases may not meet the definition of a ‘serious child safeguarding case’, but nevertheless raise issues of importance to the local area. That might, for example, include where there has been good practice, poor practice or where there have been ‘near miss’ events. Safeguarding partners may choose to undertake a local child safeguarding practice review in these or other circumstances.