The TSCB Learning and Improvement Committee’s key function is to ensure that multi-disciplinary professionals and TSCB member organisations have the opportunity to reflect and learn on multi-agency safeguarding practice. This work is a key part of the TSCB’s Learning and Improvement Framework..
This learning includes:
a) sharing of good practice, so that there is a growing understanding of what works well;
b) undertaking rigorous, objective analysis of what happened and why in situations where things have gone wrong, so that important lessons can be learnt and services improved to reduce the risk of future harm to children.
This includes the oversight and commissioning of Serious Case Reviews, following the guidance found in Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013). These reviews are considered when a child has died or a child has suffered a serious injury where abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor. The committee will look at the circumstances of each case and make the decision as to whether a Serious Case Review needs to be undertaken, in which case they would make a recommendation to the Trafford Safeguarding Children Board Chair. Following this recommendation being accepted, the Trafford Safeguarding Children Board will conduct a Serious Case Review into the involvement of organisations and professionals with the child and family.
The purpose of the review is to:
- Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which 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 upon, and what is expected to change as a result; and
- As a consequence, to improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
On completion of the Serious Case Review an anonymised Overview Report of the Review will be published and made available to the public, here on this website.
The Learning and Improvement Committee also undertakes other multi-agency case reviews when the criteria has not been reached to undertake an Serious Case Review, but where there may be lessons to be learnt and embedded in practice. Professionals can request such a review using the Case Review Notification form.