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Children: Protection

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many serious case reviews have been received by his Department in each year since their introduction, broken down by local authority; and if he will make a statement. (247814)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what serious case reviews received by his Department had been sent by each local authority since 1 January 2007; and on what date each was received. (258652)

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) are asked to provide an anonymised copy of each full Serious Case Review (SCR) to the Department for Children, Schools and Families as soon as possible after the publication of the executive summary. This is to inform biennial overview reports which analyse the key findings from SCRs taken as a whole and identify the implications for policy and practice. Officials follow up any outstanding SCRs to ensure that biennial overview reports are based on as full a set of SCRs as possible.

The latest published biennial overview report for the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2005 notes that 161 Serious Case Reviews were included in that study.

The next biennial overview report, covering the period 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2007 and to be published this spring, will draw on around 190 Serious Case Reviews. A further 118 Serious Case Reviews have been received more recently and will be taken into account in future research as appropriate.