New review procedures to improve children’s safeguarding

13th November 2012

The Welsh Labour Government has announced details of the new Child Practice Review framework that will replace current Serious Case Review procedures.

Welsh Labour’s Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, Gwenda Thomas has announced the implementation for a new national programme for reviewing and learning from cases involving serious abuse or neglect of children from which child protection arrangements can be improved.

As part of the new framework, different types of reviews will be undertaken dependent on the nature of the incident and the circumstances of the child involved. These are defined as ‘concise’ and ‘extended’ reviews and they will be underpinned by multi-agency professional forums. The new arrangements also have a much clearer focus for family involvement in the review process.

The arrangements for multi-agency reviews have been developed with support from practitioners including Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

Child Practice Reviews will come into effect in Wales in January 2013.