Piloting the SCIE ‘systems’ model for case reviews: learning from the North West of England

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 October 2010
At a glance; 34
Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This briefing summarises learning from piloting of a systems approach for use in case reviews and serious case reviews of multi-agency safeguarding and child protection work. The approach was piloted in the North West of England. It proposes that people involved in a case review are organised in two main groups: the Review Team (the multi-agency team conducting the review) and the Case Group (those directly involved in the case being reviewed), and that the process is structured around key meetings of these groups. The briefing highlights key messages; provides an overview of the process, summarises the findings of the evaluation of the pilot; highlights the main factors that supported effective learning from the process; and looks at supports and challenges in implementing the approach.