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Serious Case Reviews

A local safeguarding Children Board is responsible for initiating a Serious Case Review (SCR) in circumstances where there has been a death of a child or young person and abuse or neglect is known or suspected, or where there has been a serious injury and there are concerns about interagency working.

The purpose of the Review is to:

  • Establish whether there are any lessons to be learnt from the case and from the way in which local professionals and organisations worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted on, what is expected to change as a result and within what timescale.
  • And
  • As a consequence, improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.Sometimes we contribute to a Serious Case Review in another LSCB area and we will publish these on this website.
  • When a Serious Case Review is completed and lessons identified, the report is published on this page of our website for 12 months. For copies of reports older than this please contact us.

Thomas SCR (Tower Hamlets)

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