Practice reviews

Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) will conduct a child practice review  in the event of a child's death or serious injury, where abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor.

The review will look at the involvement of organisations and professionals with the child and their 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 the children.
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon, and what is expected to change as a result.
  • As a consequence, to improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

On completion of the review, an anonymised report of the findings will be published and made available to the public. The most recent serious case reviews commissioned by the board are available to download at the bottom of this page.

SSCP practice review sub group

The SSCP practice review sub group ensures that SSCP and the agencies that form that partnership have the policies/procedures and undertake the practices that reflect the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 guidance in Chapter 4. More information about the sub-group can be found in the terms of reference document below.

Referral to the practice review sub group

If you are aware of multi-agency working that has resulted in a seriously good outcome, or you are concerned about the way agencies have worked together with a particular case, you can make a referral to the practice review sub group using the relevant referral form from the toolkit below.  The Salford review activities and timescales flowchart shows the process followed for each referral into the practice review sub-group

During the process of reviewing a case referred into the practice review sub group, agencies will be asked to provide a summary of their involvement with the case and a chronology of significant events.  Templates of these documents are also available for download from the toolkit below.  

Guidance on how to complete chronologies has been developed for all agencies.

Completed and quality assured referral forms, agency summaries and chronologies should be sent to

Practice Review Toolkit Document



1.      Review Methodology Options


Lists different methods for undertaking reviews, such as Appreciative Inquiry, Root Cause Analysis, Learning Event, Salford case discussion tool.

2.      Thresholds and Definitions Quick Guide


To assist decision making about most the most appropriate type of review to conduct.

3.      Children and Families in Practice Reviews Guidance


Guidance about involving children and families in reviews.

4.      Practice Review Assurance Questions and Checklist


Checklist for Chairs, lead reviewer and those involved in reviews including what makes a good review report.

5.      Chair and Lead Reviewer Specification


Provides standards and behaviours expected from a lead reviewer

6.      Seriously good outcome review guidance and referral form



Encourages professionals to put forward cases where there has been good practice and good outcomes for the child, and learning that can be applied.

7.      Referral Form (including pre-referral guidance)


Form to make a referral for practice review



8.      Agency Summary Form


Gather initial information from agencies involved in the case


9.      Chronology template


10.   Request for information letter


11.   Case discussion tool


Provides a format for structuring case review discussions.

12.   Rapid Review Meeting Report


Summarise discussion and findings from the rapid review.

13.   Review Action Plan


Action plan format for all practice reviews

14.   Review Action Plan Verification


Quality Assurance form to assist in ensuring all recommendations have been addressed and learning embedded into practice. This could be used on a case basis, or an agency basis.

Information for families

Please see the attached guidance on Serious Case Reviews

Lessons from case reviews

The SSCB wrote a paper 'Lessons from Case Reviews' and published a "Lessons Learnt from Case Reviews" E-Bulletin to highlight the recurring themes from local case reviews. They provide the key messages that practitioners and services need to consider in order to improve their safeguarding practice.

Single agency action plans are verified by the practice review sub group using the template below:

Case reviews




Child/Adult 15 case review was jointly commissioned by SSCB and Salford Adult Safeguarding Board (SASB). The findings of the Independent Case Review - Child/Adult 15 and Consolidated Action Plan are available on the SASB website.

Serious case reviews 


Triennial analysis of serious case reviews from 2011 to 2014

The Department for Education has published Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011 to 2014, an analysis of serious case reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents from April 2011 to March 2014. . As well as identifying themes and trends from the 293 SCRs under consideration, this report looks at the context of learning from SCRs over the last 10 years.

National Case Review Repository

In November 2013 the NSPCC launched the national case review repository, in collaboration with the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs. The repository provides a single place for published case reviews to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

Latest news

Details of all the latest news from the Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership.