Safeguarding reviews, audits and training

Expert support on conducting statutory reviews, learning reviews and audits to improve safeguarding practice

SCIE helps organisations to review and learn from safeguarding incidents in a way that supports improvement. We support with statutory case reviews, routine audits and learning reviews across children’s and adults’ services.

SCIE’s reviewing experts:

  • broker access to accredited lead reviewers
  • develop local capacity to review safeguarding cases and practice through training and mentoring
  • train leaders and managers on using a systems approach for effective learning and improvement.

The style and substance of the (SCIE Learning Together) report allowed for a more honest discussion with the Board about learning from the review.

Independent chair, Local Safeguarding Children’s board

Organisations that SCIE supports

We work with organisations in the UK and overseas that have a legal responsibility to protect and safeguard children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect including:

SCIE can help your organisation and partners to learn together and improve safeguarding practice.

SCIE’s Learning Together model

SCIE’s Learning Together model is one of the most developed and tested systems-approach models available. This collaborative methodology aims to gain a deeper understanding of current local practice and cultivate an open, learning culture. Each review is bespoke, designed to fit your needs, the case(s) and circumstances.

Our in-house experts and associates conduct audits and case reviews on a consultancy basis, supported by methodological supervision from SCIE.
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Become an accredited reviewer

SCIE runs a support programme for lead reviewers accredited in the Learning Together systems model. We welcome both salaried professionals as well as independent consultants. There are two routes to accreditation:

Accredited lead reviewers who work within local agencies benefit from:

Safeguarding reviews and audits - clients

Over 90 organisations have commissioned SCIE and our associates to carry out safeguarding reviews. We have an international reputation.

See a list of all our safeguarding  clients

Church of England

Independent audit of safeguarding arrangements and survivors’ survey
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The Church of England commissioned SCIE to provide an independent audit of diocesan safeguarding arrangements. SCIE has subsequently been commissioning to conduct audits of the Church of England’s palaces and cathedrals.

Downside School and monasteries

Independent audit of safeguarding arrangements
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Downside Abbey commissioned SCIE to carry out a systems-based joint audit of its abbey and school. Engagement took place with senior leaders, current staff, pupils and parents, past pupils and those that have previously held safeguarding roles.

Department of Health and Social Care

Learning from safeguarding adults reviews (SARs)

The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned SCIE and RiPfA to improve the quality and use of safeguarding adults reviews (SARs).

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Hampshire County Council

Safeguarding review
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Following an independent report into deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the 1990s, Hampshire County Council commissioned SCIE to determine how well placed it is now to respond to equivalent concerns.


Safeguarding review
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Mencap commissioned SCIE to review the effectiveness of its safeguarding arrangements. SCIE recommended that Mencap should consider appointing an independent chair for its internal safeguarding panel. This recommendation was approved by the Board of Trustees.


Improvement support on children and young people’s safeguarding in the Jewish community
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SCIE is supporting Reshet with developing and strengthening best practice in child protection and safeguarding for synagogues and communal organisations. SCIE has provided a range of support services to organisations in the Jewish community.

SCIE's safeguarding training was extremely well run and sensitive to our specific needs.

Avi Lazarus, CEO, Federation of Synagogues

Royal Chelsea Hospital

Safeguarding training
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Royal Chelsea Hospital commissioned SCIE to deliver safeguarding training for its staff and volunteers. The objective was to establish a common and clear understanding of safeguarding. Staff are now more confident in identifying safeguarding incidents and sharing information.

Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse (Australia)

Improving the identification and reporting of child sexual abuse
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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia commissioned SCIE and the London School of Economics and Political Science to consider how child sexual abuse can be better identified and reported.

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