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Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

KBSP Child Safeguarding Practice Review Protocol

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018 guidance introduced a new legal framework in respect of local safeguarding arrangements for children. Responsibility for how a system learns lessons from serious child safeguarding incidents now rests at a national level with the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and at a local level with the Safeguarding Partners (KBSP). This means that Serious Case Reviews have been replaced by Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPRs) as learning reviews conducted in cases where abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and the child has died or been seriously harmed.

The purpose of a Child Safeguarding Practice Review is to:

  • Establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the case about the way in local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result, and┬átherefore, improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Once aware of a Child Safeguarding Serious Incident (in which abuse or neglect is known or suspected, and a child dies or is seriously harmed in Bristol), the local authority (Bristol City Council) must submit Child Safeguarding Serious Incident Notification to the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel using the Child safeguarding incident notification system. This notification must take place within 5 working days of becoming aware of the incident.

Rapid Reviews must be conducted whenever Bristol City Council submits a Child Safeguarding Serious Incident Notification. However, other multi-agency safeguarding partners should also inform the KBSP of cases where it is considered that a Rapid Review should be conducted.

Inform the KBSP of a Child Safeguarding Serious Incident or request a Rapid Review. Before submitting a referral please discuss with your agency representative on the CSPR sub-group or your agency KCS member.

Following the Rapid Review, a recommendation for a local or national Child Safeguarding Practice Review will be made to the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

The KBSP has not yet completed any Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews. Completed Serious Case Reviews can be found below.