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16C(1) of the Children Act 2004 (as amended by the Children and Social Work act 2017) states: Where a local authority in England knows or suspects that a child has been abused or neglected, the local authority must notify the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel if:

  • the child dies or is seriously harmed in the Local Authority’s area, or
  • while normally resident in the local authority’s area, the child dies or is seriously harmed outside England

Upon notification of any event that meets the criteria, a coordinated rapid review is to be undertaken in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 with the overall aim to:

  • gather the facts about the case, as far as they can be readily established at the time
  • discuss whether there is any immediate action needed to ensure children’s safety and share any learning appropriately
  • consider the potential for identifying improvements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
    decide what steps they will take next.

The criteria which the local safeguarding partners must take into account include whether the case:

  • highlights or may highlight improvements needed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including where those improvements have been previously identified
  • highlights or may highlight recurrent themes in the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children
  • highlights or may highlight concerns regarding two or more organisations or agencies working together effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • is one which the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have considered and concluded a local review may be more appropriate.

 If you have an enquiry regarding any current or historical Serious Case Review please contact iscp@islington.gov.uk.

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