Understanding Safeguarding

1.4 – Explain when and why injuries and serious case reviews are required and how the sharing of the findings informs practice.

Serious case reviews are carried out when there is a death due to known or suspected abuse. They can also be carried out when a child has been seriously harmed or has suffered life threatening injuries. There is a set process which should be followed when undertaking a serious case review – the guidelines were set out in the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010 legislation.

In cases where children are in need of safeguarding, a referral to the VCCP (Vulnerable Children & Corporate Parenting) Advice and Referral Team will be made, in these instances the parents’ permission is not needed.
3.1 Understanding Safeguarding

The purpose of these is to speak to agencies involved in the case of the child, such as hospitals, health visitors, police, schools, social workers etc. There needs to be an understanding of where the care of the child broke down so that lessons can be learned. The report is written and made public so that these recommendations are shared.  

Since the death of Victoria Climbie and the serious case review following her murder, Lord Laming put in place many recommendations to ensure a joined up approach would minimise any other such deaths. Unfortunately, the reality is that deaths still occur and there is a very worrying statistic that says that one child in England dies every ten days at the hands of the parent.   Of those who are killed, one in ten of them are on the child protection register.

It’s therefore vital that any cases of real concern for the child are flagged up and dealt with accordingly. Early detection can save lives.