Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

To make a referral for a Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) you should use the Safeguarding Child Practice Review (SCPR) form.

In line with the guidance contained in Working Together to Safeguard Children, the safeguarding partners will identify serious child safeguarding cases which raise issues of local significance, and also review cases where they consider it appropriate. These are cases where a child has died or been seriously harmed, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (CSPRP) will undertake rapid reviews of incidents that have been identified as requiring a serious child safeguarding review. All partners will cooperate in the identification of cases, the gathering of information required, and the coproduction of reviews to respond to the needs of children in the area. The safeguarding partners will, as part of the reviews, consider recommendations to improve practice based on information from SCPRs. These recommendations for practice are applicable whether the SCPRs are published, complete but unpublished or still incomplete at the point of transition to the new safeguarding partner arrangements.

A copy of all published reports will be sent to the CSPRP and the What Works for Children’s Social Care within seven days of being published.

Guidance and learning

CSPRP annual report and national review

The CSPRP Panel's annual report highlights patterns in practice noted from the 538 rapid reviews notified to the Panel since it was established in July 2018. From this analysis, teenagers and infants appear most at-risk of death and serious harm in the context of abuse and neglect.

Adolescents at risk of criminal exploitation was the focus of the CSPRP's first national review. It Was Hard to Escape: Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation, examines 21 cases where children died or were seriously harmed, in which criminal exploitation was a factor. The review identifies areas of innovative good practice and contains recommendations at local and national level