Serious case reviews

Stockport SSCP conducts formal reviews of child abuse cases in accordance with central government guidance contained in Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Under the new Stockport Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) arrangements (PDF 2.6Mb) and inline with the Children and Social Work Act (2017), the process for reviewing cases has changed.

Important lessons are learned from the detailed review of cases where children have died or received a life-threatening injury due to abuse or neglect.

Each serious case review is managed by experienced senior managers drawn from SSCP agencies. Members are identified according to the needs of each case to ensure that the panel is independent of involvement in the case and has access to any expert knowledge required.

If you have any queries about past serious case reviews call the Safeguarding Unit on 0161 474 5657.

Rapid Review Process

This document sets out the arrangements by which Stockport Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) will determine when to trigger a Rapid Review process or another appropriate alternative case review process.

If you’d like to make a case referral, complete the referral form (PDF 267Kb) and email to

Child abuse or neglect

Do not ignore it:

  • call 0161 217 6028 – Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5pm, Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • or 0161 718 2118 – evenings and weekends

Analysis of serious case reviews

A serious case review (SCR) is a local enquiry carried out where a child has died or been seriously harmed and abuse or neglect are known or suspected, and there is cause for concern about professional working together.

This study is the fifth consecutive analysis of serious case reviews in England undertaken by the same research team dating back to reviews from 2003-2005. The study considers a total of 293 SCRs relating to incidents which occurred in the period 1 April 2011- 31 March 2014.

These most recent reviews are also analysed in the context of learning from SCRs over the ten years since 2003-2005. The aim of the study is to provide evidence of key issues and challenges for agencies working singly and together in these cases.

It is also to provide the government with evidence of what is changing as a result of their reforms, and to identify areas where further change may be required to support organisations to learn from serious case reviews and to keep children safe.


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