A new Partnership Practice Review Group (PPRG) has been established to bring together existing review processes for both statutory and non-statutory reviews of cases involving adults and children, including Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Rapid Reviews and Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews for Children and Domestic Homicide Reviews.

This new partnership approach is intended to:

  • reduce duplication and use skills, knowledge and capacity more efficiently
  • Enable better sharing of learning across both adult and children’s safeguarding systems and workforce
  • Enable better oversight and management of reviews, actions and recommendations and demands on partner agencies through a centralised coordination process

The Terms of Reference set out more information about the PPRG. To make a referral into the group please use the Referral Form.

The partnership regularly review cases that have not met the threshold for a statutory review, including child safeguarding practice review (formally SCRs) and learning from these cases can be found here.

More information on local Safeguarding Adult Reviews can be found here.

More information about local DHRs can be found here.

Nationally The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has been established to maintain oversight of the system of national and local reviews and how effectively it is operating. In addition it has the responsibility to identify and oversee the review of serious child safeguarding cases which, in its view, raise issues that are complex or of national importance.

It’s annual report and reviews can be found here.

Nationally the NSPCC Repository provides a single place for published case reviews to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

The repository is accessible via the NSPCC library online, which has over 600 case reviews and inquiry reports dating back to 1945. There are also NSPCC Thematic Briefings available on a range of themes.

Complexity and challenge: A Triennial Analysis of SCRs 2014-2017 is a study which examines serious case reviews (SCRs) considers findings from a 10-year period from 2003.  The aim of the study is to provide evidence of key issues and challenges for agencies working singly and together.

Wiltshire published practice reviews:

DHR Ellie Executive Summary and Overview Report – November 2021

Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review Family N – May 2021: child sexual abuse (Themes include: care proceedings, working with resistance and working with Child Sexual Abuse)

  • Baby J Published Report – April 2016:non accidental injuries to a baby whilst in the care of their parents (Themes include: adolescents parents; impact on parent’s background on their parenting capacity; homelessness; Common Assessment Framework; risk assessment)
  • Child O – Overview Report (Haringey) – October 2015: Death by suicide of an adolescent, placed in Wiltshire, who had a history of self-harm, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. (Themes include: child sexual exploitation)
  • Child R & S Overview Report (Hampshire) – October 2013: Death of two siblings in 2012 at their family home in Wiltshire. Cause of death is still to be determined but it is believed that father drugged then suffocated Child R and Child S before hanging himself. Family were well known to services and the children had been looked after by Wiltshire local authority for a period of 7 months, which ended when they were returned to father’s care, 6 months prior to their deaths (Themes include: domestic abuse; parental substance misuse; acrimonious separation and conflict in regards to custody and contact; insufficient multi-agency assessment and planning; fixed mind set and rigid thinking by professionals)
  • Child H Published Overview Report  – September 2012: significant non-accidental injuries to a 5 month old baby.  (Themes include:  impact on parent’s background on their parenting capacity; paternal and maternal excessive drinking; acrimonious separation; conflict in the parental relationship; father’s previous prison sentence for violent assault; regular admittance of Child H to hospital; discharge planning; effectiveness of strategy discussions)
  • Child H – Lessons Learnt
  • Child G Published Overview Report – August 2011: suicide of a teenage girl (Themes include: self harm; substance misuse; high risk behaviours; information sharing; escalation of concerns)
  • Child G – Lessons Learnt