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Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews


Why do we do reviews?

Working Together states; “The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.

What triggers a review?

 A review is triggered by a Serious Incident or a concerning situation. 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*

Any serious incident generates a notification to Ofsted and a Rapid Review.

How is the decision made to undertake a review?

Once Ofsted has been notified of the Serious Incident the WSP Joint Case Review and Group then meets to do a Rapid Review and considers if the criteria for a Child Safeguarding Practice Review is met.

This decision must be made within 15 working days of the notification.

*Serious harm includes (but is not limited to) serious and/or long-term impairment of a child’s mental health or intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. It should also cover impairment of physical health. When safeguarding partnerships are making decisions, judgment should be exercised in cases where impairment is likely to be long-term, even if this is not immediately certain.

Walsall  Case Reviews

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Reports

Serious Case Review Reports

Serious Adults Reviews (SARs) can be found on our Adults Page