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Safeguarding Practice Reviews

This page contains relevant information and guidance relating to case reviews published by the Devon Children and Families Partnership.

Children & Families Partnerships are required, under Chapter 4 of the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, to undertake a Rapid Review for serious child safeguarding cases where:

  • abuse or neglect of a child is suspected and
  • the child has died or been seriously harmed.

Rapid Review

The purpose of a Rapid Review is to:

  • gather the facts about the case, as far as they can be readily established at the time
  • discuss whether there is any immediate action needed to ensure children’s safety and share any learning appropriately
  • consider the potential for identifying improvements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • decide what steps they should take next.

All agencies who have been involved with the subject child or family will be required to contribute to the Rapid Review. An initial scoping of agencies’ intervention will, therefore, need to be completed and other relevant information will need to be rapidly gathered.

To support this, agencies are asked to produce an Individual Agency Summary.

The purpose of the initial scoping and information sharing is to gather the basic facts about the case, including determining the extent of agency involvement with the child and family.

More detailed information will be sought if the Rapid Review concludes the case has the potential to identify national or local learning and a decision is made to recommend a Child Safeguarding Practice Review, or an alternative Learning Review.

The flowchart below details the process for referring to the DCFP for consideration for a case review.

Although any agency can refer a case, all notifications to the Ofsted and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel must come from the Local Authority; you must liaise between your agency lead and the Children’s Services Safeguarding Manager before a referral is accepted.

Once the Local Authority notifies Ofsted, this becomes a Rapid Review referral.


The responsibility for learning lessons from serious child safeguarding incidents lies with the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel at a national level and safeguarding partners at a local level (local authorities, chief officers of police and clinical commissioning groups).

Within Devon, the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Group (CSPRG) leads this work at a local level.

Devon Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Below are links to the most recent recent child safeguarding practice Reviews published by the Devon Children and Families Partnership.

Review briefings

Visit the NSPCC website to access a list of newly published and Child Safeguarding Practice Review reports from other LSCBs and Partnerships.


If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email

Professionals should complete the MASH contact form.

If it’s an emergency call 999