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Child Safeguarding Practice Review

A Child Safeguarding Practice Review takes place after a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is thought to be involved. It looks at lessons that can help prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) provides the statutory framework for Local and National Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews.

The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Learning is relevant locally, but it has a wider importance for all practitioners working with children and families and for the government and policy-makers. Understanding whether there are systemic issues, and whether and how policy and practice need to change, is critical to the system being dynamic and self-improving.

Reviews should seek to prevent or reduce the risk of recurrence of similar incidents. They are not conducted to hold individuals, organisations or agencies to account, as there are other processes for that purpose, including through employment law and disciplinary procedures, professional regulation and, in exceptional cases, criminal proceedings. These processes may be carried out alongside reviews or at a later stage. 

Where Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership undertakes a Child Safeguarding Practice Review the report will be published on this page for the period of one year from the date of publication.   If access is required to a Review after this period has passed please make contact with the Safeguarding Partnership Team.   National Reviews will also be published on this page.