The press release published on 11 Nov 2013 is about the survey of unpublished Serious Case Reviews and shows that local Boards aim to publish the vast majority of SCRs. The SCR publication survey also gives reasons for delays (mainly due to legal processes) and why a very small number have NOT been published. For further details, see links below:
AILC Press Release 11 Nov 2013
AILC SCR Publication Survey 11 Oct 2013
SCR Peer Consultation Scheme
AILC Position Statement re National SCR Panel (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
National SCR Panel - Frequently Asked Questions
The briefing note below, provided by the Association, provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the national panel of independent experts on SCRs. By posting this document, the Association’s intention is to support LSCBs and to provide some consistency in the relationship between LSCB Chairs and the National Panel. The answers provided are based on the experiences of LSCB Chairs and following consultation with the Department for Education.
National SCR panel - FAQs (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
The document below was provided by the DfE in June 2013 and provides instructions for LSCBs re the national SCR panel. Reference is made to this document in the FAQs above.
DfE instructions for LSCBs re SCR National Panel (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
Improving the Quality of Serious Case Reviews – very helpful documents
In 2013 the Department for Education commissioned the training of a new group of SCR authors in order to extend the cohort of potential reviewers, from which LSCBs could draw. The training was delivered by a collaboration between Sequeli, the NSPCC and Action for Children. The materials which were developed in order to deliver this training have now been made available to the Association's website and they are, in themselves, a very helpful resource. Alongside these training materials are some newly developed documents entitled:
- LSCB commissioning materials: with knowledge and skills framework
- LSCBs are invited to use these documents to inform their commissioning, process and publication of SCRs
These files are large, so they might take a minute or two to download, but are worth the wait!
SCR Seminar Materials, Case Law and Resources (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
Training and LSCB commissioning materials (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
Message re Copyright of Documents
Copyright of the Training and Commissioning Materials rests with the Department for Education and you should mention that when you use the materials. You must not use the material for any profit-making activity. Since much of the material is based on pre-existing Sequeli copyright, Sequeli also grants you a licence to use the materials, on the same basis that you acknowledge they are based on copyrighted Sequeli material. As above, you must not use Sequeli material for any profit-making purposes.
Should IMRs be Disclosed to Coroners?
A current High Court case is considering the disclosure IMRs to Coroners. This is relevant to all LSCBs and the Asscociation has assisted the case with the provision of 'intelligence' from across the regions.
This link will take you to a short video from the legal firm representing the LSCB directly involved in the case:
Disclosing IMRs to Coroners (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
Case example - Disclosing an IMR to Coroners (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
Legal briefing on disclosure of Coroners information (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)
Interesting judgement by Information Commissioner
The Information Commissioner in Northern Ireland has upheld a decision not to publish an SCR. Whilst this concerns a Northern Ireland case, it has relevance to the rest of the UK. An article in Professional Social Work (March 2013 p14-15) discusses the decision from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that it is not in the interests of families for SCRs to be published because of the distress this will cause. Click on this link and turn to page 14 to read more.
Article in PSW re Non Publication of SCR (DOCUMENT LINK REQUIRED)