Safeguarding Children:

Child Safeguarding Practice Review (formerly Serious Case Reviews)


Please note that as part of our transition from the previous LSCB arrangements, details of SCRs and CSPRs across the Pan-Lancashire region can now be found in the Local Learning Reviews section of the CSAP website below: 


Child Safeguarding Practice Review (formerly Serious Case Reviews)

The Children’s Safeguarding Assurance Partnership (CSAP) is committed to improving how agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. One of the ways that this is done is through Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR). CSPR can be undertaken locally or nationally and seek to prevent or reduce the risk of an incident similar to the one that triggered the review.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) requires the Safeguarding Partners to identify serious child safeguarding cases and to make arrangements to commission and oversee reviews of those cases, where they consider it appropriate for a review to be undertaken.

Serious child safeguarding cases are those (under Section 16C(1) of the Children Act 2004, amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017) where:

  • abuse or neglect of the child is known or suspected and
  • the child has died or been seriously harmed

The Safeguarding Partners will commission a CSPR of those cases that meet the above criteria and where it is likely that learning will be identified that will enable improved practice. Completed CSPR will be published here.

The CSAP will work in conjunction with the CSPR Panel who will provide advice to local areas about individual cases and will be responsible for national reviews.

More information about CSPR processes can be found in Chapter 4 of Working Together 2018 

Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews have replaced the previous requirement for Local Safeguarding Children Boards to complete Serious Case Reviews (SCR). In accordance with the expectations of the time completed SCR will continue to be made available for 12 months following their publication. 

The Department for Education has published its Triennial Analysis of SCR completed between 2014 and 2017 which is available here. Serious Case Reviews - Research in practice