In a new government-funded initiative which involves a collaboration between the NSPCC and the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE), Serious Case Reviews are being put under the spotlight, yet again.

Serious Case Reviews typically take place after a child has either been badly injured, or died as a result of suspected abuse or neglect. Google “Failings of Serious Case Reviews”, and thousands of entries appear, citing flaws within our system and the many children it has let down, not to mention the many consultation papers, reviews and studies highlighting the ongoing problems with these reviews. They are a growing thorn in the side of the child welfare system.

The Learning into Practice Project (LiPP) – an unfortunate name, given that the acronym is very similar to the already existing LIPs, another sector related phenomenon with an altogether different connotation – has been created to improve the quality of Serious Case Reviews. But they need your help.

As part of this project, the organisations involved are hosting three summits to gather as much information as they can on why Serious Case Reviews aren’t as effective as they could be and what can be done to make them better.

The summits are being held in the following places and on the following dates:

Friday 25 September 2015 – London
Monday 28 September 2015 – Leeds
Wednesday 30 September 2015 – Birmingham

Please click on the links above to reserve your place at one of these summits – they’re being fussy about who can attend, so we would advise booking early.

These summits are a good idea, and we hope people with experience and insight share their thoughts and contribute to them. We also hope that positive and helpful ideas are received by the government and implemented quickly.

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