Why Serious Case Reviews are NOT the answer!

24 Feb 10: Victoria Climbié Foundation wants SCRs published in full

Since 2007, VCF has continued to highlight its concerns about serious case reviews, not least that they were internal. In November 2007 the foundation wrote to safeguarding children boards in London, and across the country, to bring to the fore the need for lessons not only to be learned, but for theory to be put into practice.

In July 2008, VCF raised concerns about serious case reviews following the published summary into the deaths of Antoine and Keniece Ogunkoya in Hackney, a report that was condemned as ‘scandalous’ by the children’s father and family. Their mother was convicted of manslaughter as a result of diminished responsibility on 1 August 2007 at the Central Criminal Court in London. The family sought full disclosure of this report in their quest to find out how the children died.

>>Ogunkoya Family Campaign

The executive summary of the serious case review report into the death of ‘Baby P’ was published by Haringey Safeguarding Children Board on 11 November 2008, the same date that the court verdicts were returned on his death.  VCF requested full disclosure of this report to find out what happened, and to understand where there are similarities to other cases, as part of our working together with statutory services to ensure improvements in child protection policy and practices.

>>Serious Case Review: Executive Summary
>>Ed Balls Statement: Report into Children’s Services in Haringey
>>VCF Statement: Following convictions in the case of Baby P

See also:

VCF offers Expert Advice Package for Serious Case Reviews
Why we must learn lessons from the Kristy Bamu tragedy
BASPCAN commissioned research promotes family involvement in case reviews
Serious Case Reviews: What is this fear by Social Care Managers?
Will the full publication of SCRs improve understanding?
VCF Response to Professor Munro’s Interim Report
VCF calls for full disclosure of serious case reviews to be extended to other families
Full publication of Baby P reports is a step in the right direction
Open Letter to new Children’s Minister
Next Government must publish serious case reviews in full