Serious Case Review

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Serious Case Review

Postby Jacinta, FRG Adviser » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:00 am

You might be interested in this article in Community Care which discusses a Serious Case Review (SCR) by Luton Safeguarding Children Board into the death of a 13 month old boy.

Luton SCR

You can access the report Luton SCR Child J here.

Some of the issues addressed in the SCR include:

• Risks of possible physical harm to child not properly considered although he was living with domestic violence.
• The review categorises domestic violence into 4 typologies: coercive controlling violence, situational couple violence, separation instigated violence and violent resistance.
• It highlights the lack of guidance /research where adult is violent to another adult (outside the family/home environment) and what risk this may post to a child.
• The lack of formal procedures for transferring child in need cases to other boroughs.
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Re: Serious Case Reviews

Postby Jacinta, FRG Adviser » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:25 pm

This serious case review into the death of a 21 month old girl was published in September 2017. Polly, as she is known in the review, was on a supervision order and a child in need plan at the time of her death. Her mother has been convicted of murder and child cruelty and mother’s partner (who was not the child’s father) of causing or allowing her death.

You can find the report here: Derbyshire serious case review Polly .

Domestic violence was one of the features of this case. The review highlights problems with the common social work practice of using written agreements and notes that where a woman is in a situation where there is a risk of domestic abuse it will be very hard for her to keep to a written agreement.

SafeLives’ press release following the publication of the report makes some interesting points in relation to language used and some conclusions in the report and how this was represented in some media accounts of the case. The statement challenges media reporting of the relationship between the child’s mother and her partner as ‘volatile’ when in fact it was identified as violent and abusive and suggest that a whole family response is needed.

You can read the full press release SafeLives respond to serious case review published on 6th September 2017 here.
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Re: Serious Case Reviews

Postby Jacinta, FRG Adviser » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:49 pm

Cafcass Learning from SCR submissions

Cafcass recently published new research based on learning from 97 SCRS undertaken between 2009 –2016 to which they had contributed.

You can read a summary of their findings learning from 97 SCRS here and the full report Cafcass – learning from SCR submissions here.

Domestic abuse was the most common risk factor and was a feature in 71 per cent of the cases.
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