Referring a case of concern

Referring cases to the Case Review Group for consideration

Each agency must have arrangements for identifying cases where the agency considers that criteria for either a local or national child safeguarding practice reviews may be met (see sections 4 and 8 from Working Together to Safeguard Children). It is important that any practitioner or professional is able to discuss a case with their agency Case Review Group representative if they think a child safeguarding practice review may be required.

The Case Review Group representative should notify the Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Business Unit of a referral and confirm this in writing within 48 hours using the Pan Bedfordshire Referral Form.

The Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Business Unit will request agency information to enable the reports to be available to the Case Review Group so that the group can undertake a rapid review of the case and make a recommendation to the Independent Chair as to what kind of review should be commissioned, or if no further action should be taken.

Locally the three safeguarding partners have ultimate responsibility for deciding whether to conduct a local review. The Independent Chair will also be informed to allow independent scrutiny of the decision making process.

Cases may be referred by the local Child Death Overview Panel. The Chair of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) may refer a case to the Case Review Group that appears to meet the criteria and which they considers is likely to have important lessons for inter-agency working.

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

Send the request to the CBSCB Business Support Officer lscb@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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