Report: Louise Smith Learning Review – Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Locally, safeguarding partners must make arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which, in their view, raise issues of importance in relation to their area.

They must commission and oversee the review of those cases, where they consider it appropriate for a review to be undertaken.

This review was co-authored by representatives from Children Social Care and Hampshire Constabulary who had no involvement in the case.

The Safeguarding Partnership formed a case review group to oversee the review process. In selecting the reviewers for this case, the review group was cognisant of the requirements of Working Together 2018, that they possessed: –

  • Professional knowledge, understanding and practice relevant to local child safeguarding practice reviews, including the ability to engage both with practitioners and children and families.
  • Knowledge and understanding of research relevant to children’s safeguarding issues.
  • Ability to recognise the complex circumstances in which practitioners work together to safeguard children.
  • Ability to understand practice from the viewpoint of the individuals, organisations or agencies involved at the time rather than using hindsight.

In order that the review maintained an independent focus the safeguarding partnership commissioned an independent review author to have oversight over the review process…

Download the Learning Review here and the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership response here.

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