Serious Case Reviews

Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (DE, 2010,13 & 15) sets out the criteria for a Serious Case Review. A Serious Case Review should be carried out for every case where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and either a child dies; or a child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child. Other learning reviews can be carried out by the LSCB if the criteria is not met.

North Somerset LSCB have a Serious Case Review Sub-group which considers how to review a case using our Serious Case Review (SCR) and Learning Review Procedure and Guidance.

At the end of each Serious Case Review, a SCR Final Report is agreed by the LSCB and published. The latest reports are listed below.

Local Learning Reviews

If a case does not reach the threshold to conduct an SCR, but our sub-group believe that an investigation of the case may reveal important lessons that could improve safeguarding practice in North Somerset, then the LSCB will commission a multi-agency Learning Review. This helps ensure that the approach taken to reviews is proportionate according to the scale and level of complexity of the issues being examined. Whenever possible we will seek to include frontline staff and managers, as well as parents, carers and young people in these reviews. Actions resulting from findings from these reviews receive the same rigorous monitoring and follow up as Serious Case Reviews, so that the findings from all reviews make a real impact on improving outcomes for children.

The following Learning Together Briefings which summarises findings and key messages are available to download:


Sharing learning from learning reviews and serious case reviews in order to improve safeguarding practice is vital. The North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board is committed to ensuring that learning from reviews is disseminated as widely as possible to professionals from partner agencies.

Learning from National SCRs

The NSPCC have a library of published SCRs and recommendations available here.