Cheshire East Local Safeguarding Children Board Standing Serious Case Review Group (SCRSG) Terms of Reference 1. Purpose and Aims LSCB Vision ‘Working together with communities to keep our children safe’ Chapter 8 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (W.T) (2006) sets out the requirements of LSCB’s in relation to undertaking Serious Case Reviews. The work of the Standing Serious Case Review (SCR) Group, and these terms of reference should be set within the context of this guidance, and the work of the group carried out on behalf of the LSCB. The membership of this group should reflect para’ 8.10 in W.T, and should include senior representation from LA Social Care; Health; Police and Education. Other persons can be present at the group meetings, but it will made clear in the record of the meeting who are Group/ Panel members and who are persons providing information. The SCR Group will meet on a monthly basis and be chaired by the LA social Care Principal Safeguarding Manager. Whenever there is a need to consider a recommendation as to whether a case should be subject to a serious case review this standing group will become the Serious Case Review Panel, and an independent chair will be identified. The roles and guidance in respect of the Serious Case Review Panel are set out in Chapter 8 of WT and the panel should adhere to this and local guidance. In making a recommendation to the Chair of the LSCB for a serious case review the panel should draw up TOR. The panel should set timescales for completion of the SCR. The panel should direct agencies to identify Individual management review authors. The panel should determine the identification of an independent overview author. If the recommendation of the panel is that a serious case review is not appropriate, the panel may still make recommendations in relation to single agency management reviews, for example, in terms of lessons that may be learnt. The Serious Case Review group should monitor the progress of on going SCR’s. The SCR group should receive the final overview report and executive summary of SCR’s, prior to this being signed off and agreed by the full LSCB. The SCR group should consider possible extensions of timescales for the completion of SCR’s The SCR group should monitor the completion of reviews that have been identified through the panel process other than SCR’s to ensure these are completed and any lessons to be learnt are identified. On completion of SCR’s the SCR group should monitor the multi-agency action plan to ensure actions are completed. The SCR group should ensure the appropriate publication of findings from SCR’s and ensure that all is being done to ensure that lessons are learned in order to best safeguard and promote the well being of children and young people in the authority. 2. Frequency of meetings It is proposed that the PPSG will meet at least 4 times per year. 3. Quoracy It is proposed that all organisations should ensure that there is a representative from their respective agency at all meetings. It is recommended that at least 50% of core members should be present to allow any meeting to go ahead. If a Member is unable to attend the expectation is for them to send a representative. Where a member has missed two consecutive meetings, the Chair will send them a Non-Attendance letter and report any attendance to the Quality Assurance Working Group. 4. Administrative Arrangements The LSCB Administrator will minute all meetings. Minutes to be circulated within two weeks of the meeting; The agenda and associated papers will be circulated no later than three working days before the meeting. 5. Vice Chair A vice-chair will be nominated. 11. Governance arrangements The Group will be chaired by a Board member and will report and be accountable to the Board. A report will be prepared by the Chair for each Board meeting detailing progress of action plans. These Terms of reference do not reflect the full procedures and guidance in respect of serious case reviews. These can be accessed at http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/build_section/social_care_build/children/c hild_protect_home/child_protect_manual_home.aspx currently under review.
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