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Practice reviews

SSCP practice review sub group

The SSCP is committed to improving outcomes for children and ensuring that multi-agency safeguarding practice is robust and effective.

Our ethos of ‘how can we do it better, together’ will help us to develop our workforce into a learning, not a blame culture, and we will use the evidence available to us from practice reviews to ensure that we recognise and act when things are not going well, but also celebrate good practice.

When a child dies or suffers serious harm, and abuse or neglect is suspected, the SSCP will undertake a practice review. The purpose of a review is to identify learning and improve multi-agency safeguarding practice in Salford.

The purpose of the Practice Review Sub Group is to have oversight of all practice reviews undertaken on behalf of the safeguarding partnership. This includes coordinating outcomes of reviews, understanding the areas of practice that need to be strengthened and ensuring any learning identified directly impacts frontline practice and improves outcomes for children.  The role of the group is influenced by statutory guidance as outlined in Working Together 2018.

For more information on the work of the practice review subgroup please see the national case review process information (September 2022).

Published Reviews are available to download below and will remain on the SSCP website for 12 months. Where a 7 minute briefing has been developed this will remain on the website to support Partnership learning and improvement.

Referral to the practice review sub group

A referral must be made to the SSCP in the event of a child death or a child suffering serious harm where abuse and/ or neglect are suspected (as per Working Together 2018).

A referral may also be made to the SSCP for consideration of a practice review to establish whether there are lessons to be learned about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children.

Referrals can also be made to the SSCP to highlight a seriously good outcome for a child or their family, where multi-agency safeguarding practice has been particularly effective.

Please seek guidance from your Practice Review Sub Group representative before making a referral.

You can make a referral to the SSCP 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 SSCP.

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

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

Practice Review Toolkit Document Type Purpose

1.      Review Methodology Options


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

2.     Case Review Process


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


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.   Action plan assurance report


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.

Please contact to update agency representatives


Contact Details


NHS GM ICB Salford locality


HM Prisons and Probation Service



Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust

Home Office


North West Ambulance Service

Public Health

Salford Council-

Children Services

Early Help

Northern Care Alliance

Community Safety

Youth Justice

Information for families

Please see the attached guidance on Involving children and families in Practice Reviews.

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.

National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

The National Panel oversees reviews of all serious child safeguarding cases. Where themes are identified or issues of a national concern are highlighted, the Panel will commission a wider practice review. National and local reviews aim to focus on improving learning, professional practice and outcomes for children.

Safeguarding Adult Reviews

Safeguarding Adult Review is held when an adult at risk dies, or experiences serious neglect or abuse, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect them.  The SAR will review the circumstances to see whether any lessons can be learned and it is important that the learning is shared so that individuals can continue to improve practice. Further information on SARs and other reviews are available on the SSAB website.

Domestic Homicide Reviews

Under guidance issued by the Home Office, any incident of domestic violence or abuse which results in the death of the victim requires a DHR to be carried out by the local Community Safety Partnership. 

The purpose of the multi-agency review is to ensure that agencies are responding appropriately to victims of domestic violence and to apply any lessons learned. Further information on Domestic Homicide Reviews are available on the Salford Community Safety Partnership website.

Serious Offence Reviews

Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership have agreed to use a local multi-agency review process when a serious offence involving a young person has taken place but does not meet the criteria for a Rapid Review or Child Safeguarding Practice Review. Please see Serious Offence Review Pathway for further details and how to make a referral.  You can also access the relevant document below:

Serious incidents notification: standard operating procedures for youth justice services in England and Wales

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