Serious Case Review

In the event of a child’s death or having suffered a serious injury where abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor, Manchester Safeguarding Children Board will conduct a Serious Case Review (SCR) into the involvement of organisations and professionals with the child and 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 children;
• identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon, and what is expected to change as a result; and
• as a consequence, to improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

As soon as a Serious Case Review is underway there are important lessons to be learned. These lessons could have direct implications for the way in which professionals work.

The MSCB has devised detailed Practice Guidance for Serious Case Reviews. The aim of this Guidance is to ensure clarity, high quality and consistency in our practice in carrying out Serious Case Reviews in accordance with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.  Please see the MSCB Serious Case Review Practice Guidance below; please note this is subject to change.

On completion of a Serious Case Review a redacted Report will be published, along with the action plans for recommendations and challenges. Publication of Serious Case Review reports is aimed at enabling a wider level of transparency and accountability, ensuring lessons are learned as widely and thoroughly as possible.

Reports produced from Serious Case Reviews are only available for download from this page if they are current.  However, copies of historic reviews can be obtained from the NSPCC Repository or by contacting the MSCB Business Unit by email at

Case Reviews:

The detailed review reports below make recommedations for all the agencies involved.

Serious Case Review Referral Form Aug 2016

Child D1 SCR Report

Child B1 SCR Report

Child Z SCR Report

Child Z SCR Report Exec Summary


MSCB Serious Case Review Practice Guidance

SCRSG Referral Pathway

Chronology Guidance