Case Review Working Group
Fife Chief Officers' Public Safety Group have approved a governance framework for conducting significant case reviews across adult protection, child protection and offender management in Fife. Each of these areas will be developing their own protocols for significant case reviews.
Corporate learning can be greatly enhanced by the process and production of Significant Case Reviews (SCRs) and other statutory reports (i.e. Child Death Inquiry Reports). SCRs are only conducted for the most serious cases which can be defined as follows:-
The death of a child where:-
- abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child’s death;
- the child is on, or has been on the Child Protection Register (CPR) or a sibling is or was on the CPR. This is regardless of whether or not abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child’s death unless it is absolutely clear to the Child Protection Committee that the child’s registration has no bearing on the case;
- the death is by suicide or accidental death;
- the death is by alleged murder, culpable homicide, reckless conduct, or act of violence;
- the child was looked after by the local authority; and
in addition to the above, the incident or accumulation of incidents (a case) gives rise to serious concerns about professional and/or service involvement or lack of involvement.
When a child has not died
- but has sustained significant harm or risk of significant harm under one or more of the categories of abuse and neglect set out in Protecting Children – A Shared Responsibility: Guidance for Inter-Agency Co-operation;
- cumulative inaction or wrong action may be more difficult to evidence but nevertheless should be considered to the best extent possible; and
in addition the incident or accumulation of incidents (a case) gives rise to serious concerns about professional and/or service involvement or lack of involvement.
The Child Protection Committee’s SCR Working Group will consider any request from whatever source for a Significant Case Review (SCR) to be undertaken (requests have to be produced in the form of an Initial Case Review Notification Report).
The Objectives of a SCR are to:
- establish whether there are lessons to be learned and to promote learning;
- make recommendations for action;
- consider how any recommendations will be implemented;
- ensure accountability;
- increase public confidence;
- identify national issues and good practice.
The timescales for referral are outlined in the SCR protocol with the timescales for the review process being agreed between the commissioning officer and reviewing officer and confirmed in the terms of reference.
The budget responsibility for funding all SCR lies with the constituent members of the CPC however if an external review is required COPS will require to be consulted as their support will be required for the high level of expenditure this will require.
The CPC are the owners of all published reviews and they will agree the scope of publication. More detailed guidance can be found in the SCR Protocol which is currently being reviewed by the SCR Working Group.
The function of the Case Review Working Group is:-
- To consider Role and Remit of the Group
- To review SCR guidance
- To manage lessons learned, identify actions and monitor progress
- To consider budget need to deliver the above.