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Bury Safeguarding Children Board

Working together to safeguard children and young people in Bury

Case reviews referral process

"A serious case review must be held if:

  • a) Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
  • b) Either -
    • (i) the child has died (including suspected suicide); or
    • (ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

Seriously harmed includes but is not limited to:

  • a potentially life-threatening injury
  • serious and/or likely long-term impairment of physical or mental health or physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.

In addition a serious case review should always be carried out when a child dies in custody, in police custody, on remand or following sentencing, in a Young Offender Institution, in a secure training centre or a secure children's home, or where the child was detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or where a child aged 16 or 17 was subject of a deprivation of liberty order under the Mental Capacity Act 2005."

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).

Referral process

If you become aware of an incident/case situation:

  • Discuss with a senior manager and/or your agency Case Review & Learning (CR&L) sub group member
  • If required, your CR&L sub group member/senior manager should hold an initial discussion with BSCB Board Manager
  • CR&L sub group member or senior manager should complete referral form and submit to BSCB Senior Admin Support Worker

The referral form and a flow chart explaining the referral process are available for download.