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The duty that a setting has to safeguard its children, staff, parents carers & support its community & regulators in their inspection processes is paramount, this means that recommendations within serious case reviews offer the opportunity to examine current practice, what's happening and how it happens, within the setting and externally with other organisations/agencies/service providers.
Through this, practitioners can pass on information via their meeting agendas or promotion of their open door policy for raising concerns about practice or other, that anyone feels has the potential to contribute to or cause children's vulnerability. It helps everyone look at information and sharing it, storing it, transporting it, data protection and freedom of information act, the refferal, reporting procedures & contact lists that are in place.
If anything within a review reflects a setting's practice and has recommendations that would improve safeguarding measures you'll be able to identify them and see ways to implement, discuss and adapt the way things currently go on, ensuring a setting continually maximises what it does to safeguard well-being and welfare.
"Local safeguarding board considers conducting serious case reviews where;
-- a child sustains a potentially life threatening injury through neglect or abuse.
-- the child has been subjected to particularly serious sexual abuse
-- a case raises concerns about inter-agency working to protect children from harm.
The purpose of a SCR is to;
-- establish whether there are any lessons to be learnt from the case about inter-agency working.
-- to clearly identify what these lessons are, how they will be acted upon and what is expected to change as a result.
-- to improve inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children"
sourced: pg 187 collins lv 3 handbook
OFSTED about SCRs after Aprtil 2007
and learning lessons from serious case reviews
Community cares website - serious care reviews debate
List of serious case reviews
on the NSPCC website
Maybe see if the 2010 Plymouth - Nursery Z
SCR had any impact on how your setting considers & uses mobile phones, video, image capturing devices, how whistleblowing procedures are explained and maybe now promote OFSTEDs subsequent hotline
, if/how your setting works with its lscb and LA early years departments.
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