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Learning and Improvement

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board’s (WSCB) Learning and Improvement Framework sets out how it undertakes different types of case reviews – including Serious Case Reviews – and how we can learn from them.

The published Learning and Improvement Framework can be accessed here:

WSCB Learning and Improvement Framework June 2018

Cases below the Serious Case Review threshold

The WSCB also publishes a process and guidance document for undertaking reviews of cases below the Serious Case Review threshold. Reviews below this threshold are often undertaken where the WSCB believes there is learning to be gained which can improved processes or practice, or because there are unusual or uncommon features of the case.

The WSCB is not required to publish the findings of reviews below the SCR threshold but it does create a single or multi-agency action plan for each case which is overseen by the safeguarding board. The guidance document for these reviews is here:

WSCB – Case Reviews below SCR

Referring Cases to the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board

All agencies and professionals in the WSCB partnership can refer cases to be considered for Serious Case 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 WSCB Business Manager ([email protected]).

Referrals are made using the SCR referral form (available below). Forms should be securely emailed to:

[email protected]


All referrals for potential Serious Case Reviews are considered by the safeguarding board’s case review committee as per its statutory responsibility against the criteria for a serious case review published in

National Panel

The WSCB will send its proposal to undertake or not undertake a serious case review to the National Panel in London who will either approve or not approve the decision.

If a case does meet the threshold for a serious case review the WSCB will appoint an independent external reviewer to lead the review. If the case does not meet the threshold the safeguarding board will decide whether to undertake its own critical incident or learning review.

Notifiable Incidents

For guidance about how to inform the WSCB of a notifiable incident involving a child please follow the link: