Following the Wood Review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards, the system of learning from serious and fatal cases of child maltreatment is changing, with Serious Case Reviews being phased out and replaced by Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews as LSCBs change to Safeguarding Partnerships under Working Together 2018. At a national level, this has involved establishing a new National Panel to consider notified cases, advise local partnerships, and draw together learning, and a National Pool of reviewers to carry out National Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews.

In this seminar, Peter Sidebotham and Karen Manners, both members of the National Panel, will reflect on the first year’s work of the Panel. We will feedback on learning from the cases that have been notified, the rapid reviews submitted and the completed SCRs and CSPRs that have been received. We will highlight some of the issues that have been identified in transitioning and implementing to the new procedures, and where we have seen examples of good practice.

Peter Sidebotham will be well known to members of the Association as co-editor of Child Abuse Review and a member of the Board of Trustees. He is an Emeritus Professor of Child Health at the University of Warwick and formerly a Consultant Paediatrician and Designated Doctor for Safeguarding children and for Child Death Review in Warwickshire. He is an active researcher in the fields of child maltreatment and child death review, and is well known for the national analyses (triennial and biennial reviews) of Serious Case Reviews, carried out jointly with Professor Marian Brandon.

Karen Manners QPM was appointed to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel in June 2018. She was Deputy Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, and has over 32 years of experience in policing. She has broad experience in public protection work including child abuse investigations, head of CID for Hampshire Police, the national lead for child neglect and the national lead for policing on the Vulnerability Agenda leading to the first National Vulnerability Action Plan for all 43 forces in England and Wales.

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