7.4 Learning and Improvement Framework
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 states that local arrangements must support and enable local organisations and agencies to work together in a system where learning is promoted and embedded in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and implement changes to practice.
This local framework covers the full range of single and multi-agency reviews and audits which aim to drive improvements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The different types of review include:
- Local arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which raise issues of importance to the area, including commissioning and overseeing local learning reviews where appropriate.
- Notifying the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel of any event in which a child dies or is seriously harmed in the area, or while normally resident in the local authority area the child dies or is seriously harmed outside England.
- Child death review (see chapter on Child death reviews).
Review or audit of practice in one or more agencies
- Aim of the Local Framework
- Hampshire National & Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review Procedure & Guidance
Aim of the Local Framework
The aim of the framework is to enable local organisations to improve services through being clear about their responsibilities to learn from experience and particularly through the provision of insights into the way organisations work together to safeguard and protect the welfare of children.
The framework should be shared across all agencies that work with families and children.
The specific aims of the framework are:
- Reviews and audits to be conducted regularly;
- Identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which raise issues of importance in relation to the area
- Reviews examining what happened in the case, why it did so and what action will be taken to learn from the findings;
- Learning from both good and more problematic practice about the organisational strengths and weaknesses within local services to safeguard children;
- Implementation of actions arising from the findings which result in lasting improvements to services;
- Notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within five working days of any incident where a child has been abused or neglected and the child dies or is seriously harmed.
- Notify the Secretary of State and Ofsted where a looked after child has died.
Hampshire National & Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review Procedure & Guidance
A function of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership is to conduct a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review after a child has died or is seriously harmed as a result of abuse or neglect who’s permanent residence is within the Local Authority area. This document sets out the arrangements that are in place to respond to these reviews and what happens once a referral is made to the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership under Chapter 4 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018). This document also sets out arrangements for the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel to undertake reviews at a national level.