Monday, 1 July 2013

To SCR or not to SCR, that is the question??

I’m sure I can’t be the only person to be thinking that process seems to be triumphing over purpose.

According to Children and Young People Now heads of local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) have been instructed to inform the new panel of experts if they decide not to conduct a full serious case review (SCR) following a serious incident. It seems that the experts will ask for details and may overturn the decision.

Let’s just hope that all this doesn’t become some centre versus periphery bureaucratic tiff, with regulations being waved and procedures cited.

The PURPOSE should be learning to make children and young people safer, not producing more reports. Simply producing a Serious Case Review report in itself does nothing. It’s the thinking and the understanding and the sharing that result in learning. These are things not well covered by regulations.