Liverpool Case Reviews

Case Reviews

Professionals and organisations protecting children need to reflect on the quality of their services and learn from their own practice and that of others.  When things go wrong, there needs to be a thorough analysis of what happened and why. 

It is important that when things go wrong there needs to be a rigorous, objective analysis of what happened and why, so that important lessons can be learnt and services improved to reduce the risk of future harm to children. Good practice should be shared so that there is a growing understanding of what works well.

When a child has been seriously harmed or died, and abuse or neglect are known or suspected to be a factor and there are concerns about the way agencies worked together, then the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP)  will undertake a Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR's) in line with Working Together 2018.

The purpose of SCR's and CSPR's is to learn from what happened so that future tragedies can be prevented.  Findings and recommendations from SCR's and CSPR's will usually be printed in full in a report, which will be publicly available on this website. (see below - Reviews published.).

Learning from National and Local SCR's and Learning Reviews.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is a national body who oversee the statutory case review process across the LSCP's within the country.  The panel publish both an Annual Review of all case reviews completed but also commissions reviews of national significance.

Locally, the LSCP Serious Incident Review Group (SIRG) offers a similar role of oversight for all local reviews. The group follow a multi-agency process for PLR, CSPR and cases below the CSPR threshold.

Membership of SIRG panel is made up of representatives from partner agencies of the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership.

All agencies and professionals in LSCP partnership can refer cases to be considered for a multi-agency review.  Before a referral is made the professional should discuss the case with their safeguarding lead.  Professionals can also consult about potential referrals with the LSCP Safeguarding Coordinator ( ) or their agency SIRG representative.

Referrals are made using the LSCP Case Referral Form below and when completed should be emailed to:

LSCP SIRG Referral Form 2024