Serious Case Review Quality MarkersĀ 

Quality statement

The decisions about the precise form and focus of the Serious Case Review (SCR) to be commissioned take into account factors related to the case and the local context. They are made with input from Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) members and in conjunction with the lead reviewer(s).


An SCR needs to produce learning in a proportionate manner. An individual review also needs to help nurture cultures and partnerships that are capable of learning and improving. Initiating the substantive work of the review therefore requires that further detail is added to initial decisions made about the kind of SCR to be undertaken. This includes specifying:

The specifics of the case itself are a key factor in making these decisions, including:

Other relevant factors that need to be taken into account are contextual, including:

These factors are not discrete but interact with and influence each other, which means that making decisions about what is a proportionate approach is complicated and requires judgement. Involving LSCB members and working with the lead reviewer(s) to decide how best to accommodate this range of factors will enable the relevant information to be assessed and the right expertise to be brought to bear.

How might you know if you are meeting this quality marker?

  1. Are LSCB members given the opportunity to input any information they think relevant to agreeing a proportionate approach for the review?
  2. Are the lead reviewers able to properly influence the scope, nature and approach of the SCR?
  3. Have the full range of factors related to both the case and context that are detailed in the rationale of the quality marker (QM) been considered in decision-making about what exactly is being commissioned?
  4. Does the scoping document or terms of reference for the SCR explain the rationale for decisions about proportionality that have been reached by referring to factors related both to the case and context?

Knowledge base

Link to statutory guidance & inspection criteria

Tackling some common obstacles