Referring a case of concern


Identifying a case for review

The Central Bedfordshire Local Safeguarding Children Board  learning and improvement framework aims to provide a continuing learning culture within Central Bedfordshire. The case review group makes an important contribution to that culture by ensuring that lessons learned from cases lead to improvements in practice and that the process is carried out in an open and safe environment with professionals.

Requests for case reviews need to be made in consultation with the professional’s representative on the case review group who can advise and support as necessary.

It is important to ensure that any existing problems or obstacles to effective working with the family are managed appropriately through line management as the case review group cannot resolve these.

There are no concise definitions or criteria for professionals to use when considering making a request for review due to the variety and uniqueness of cases. It is important to retain a focus on whether carrying out a review will result in learning about partnership working and practice improvement and to express this in the request form.

Making a request

Professionals should discuss their views with their line management and with their representative on the case review group who will provide advice and support on the process, expectations and the appropriateness of the request.

Complete the Pan Bedfordshire Referral Form with as much detail as possible, using available information. It is not necessary to actively seek out information in order to complete the request form. 

The LSCB Business Manager, Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board: Phillipa Scott (0300 300 6455) is available for further advice.

Send the request to the LSCB Business Support Officer


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