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The safeguarding partners must make arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which, in their view, raise issues of importance in the relation to their area.
Serious child safeguarding cases are those in which:
Serious harm includes (but is not limited to) serious and/or long-term impairment of a child’s mental health or intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. It should also cover impairment of physical health. This is not an exhaustive list. When making decisions, judgement should be exercised even in cases where impairment is likely to be long term, even if this is not immediately certain. Even if a child recovers, including from a one-off incident, serious harm may still have occurred.
The safeguarding partners must commission and oversee the review of those cases, where it is considered appropriate for a review to be undertaken.
The criteria which the local safeguarding partners must take into account when considering if a review should be undertaken are whether the case:
Working Together 2018: Improving child protection and safeguarding practice provides advice and guidance on safeguarding practice reviews.