New Review of Initial Case Reviews and Significant Case Reviews in Scotland published

Year: 2021
Topic: Child protection
Author: The Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate has today (14 June) published its latest review report - Triennial Review of Initial Case Reviews and Significant Case Reviews (2018-2021): Impact on Practice.

Significant Case Reviews (SCRs) and Initial Case Reviews (ICRs) are carried out by child protection committees (CPCs) in Scotland. An SCR is a multi-agency process for establishing the facts of and learning from a situation where a child has died or been significantly harmed. An ICR precedes an SCR and is the process through which CPCs consider relevant information and recommend whether an SCR or another response is required.

The report presents the findings from reviews submitted to the Care Inspectorate between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2021. This includes the key findings from analysis of 50 Independent Case Reviews (ICRs) that did not proceed to a full Significant Care Review (SCR); 23 SCRs; and two thematic learning reviews. The report also includes the views and experiences of Members of CPCs across Scotland.

Key themes including information sharing; the role of the person acting as the professional point of contact in universal services or ‘named person’, and the lead professional; quality of assessment and analysis of risk were identified as areas for learning and development.

The report follows two previous triennial reviews and is the final triennial SCR overview report.