Serious Case Reviews (SCR) are an important function of the SPB as a learning organisation. Their purpose is to identify learning and good practice.
Professionals and organisations involved in protecting and safeguarding children and adults need to reflect on the quality of their services and learn from their own practice and that of others. Good practice can be shared and, when things go wrong, there needs to be a clear analysis of what happened and why, so that important lessons can be learned and services improved.
Since 2020, the SPB has introduced a Rapid Review process to enable more immediate actions to be taken, where appropriate. All referrals are made using the SCR template; however, each case will be considered for a Rapid Review in the first instance.
The purpose of a Rapid Review is to:
The Safeguarding Partnership Board publishes Serious Case Reviews unless their publication would result in the possible identification of the subject of the review or family members. In these cases, learning summaries are often published instead.