A key statutory function of Safeguarding Children Partnerships is to conduct a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review after a child has died or is seriously harmed as a result of abuse or neglect within the area.
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. Given the considerable amount of time and resource to they take to complete, it is imperative that the partnership is able to evidence the impact that reviews are having on safeguarding practice and outcomes for children.
The ESSCP’s 2022 Learning & Improvement Framework proposed conducting ‘evidencing impact’ events with front-line practitioners and managers, some of whom were involved in the original case. The events are used to consider how the review has impacted on local practice and outcomes for children and families.
In December 2022 the ESSCP held an ‘evidencing impact’ event on the Child T Serious Case Review which was undertaken in 2018/19. This was the case of an 18-year-old who died in hospital following complications arising from the management of their type 1 diabetes. His presentation on admission to hospital indicated severe neglect which started during his childhood.
A learning briefing for professionals has been developed which we encourage you to read and discuss with your colleagues and team: ESSCP – Child T Evidencing Impact – briefing FINAL
The origonal report and learning briefings can be found here: Safeguarding Practice Reviews (previously Serious Case Reviews) – ESSCP