The purpose of the group is to consider if a serious incident referred into the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel meets threshold for undertaking a Child Safeguarding Practice Review as outlined in Working Together 2018

A Serious Incident is:
Where the local authority knows or suspects that a child has been abused or neglected and:

  • the child dies (including suspected suicide) or is seriously harmed in the local authority’s area
  • while normally resident in the local authority’s area, the child dies or is seriously harmed outside England

When a serious incident becomes known the Local Authority should notify the OSCP and the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within five working days of becoming aware that the incident has occurred. 

On receipt of a referral a virtual panel, made up of representatives from the Statutory Safeguarding Partners (as a minimum) will be convened. The purpose of the virtual panel is to consider the referral against the criteria for Rapid Review using this guidance document: Virtual Panel guidance (V1 December 2020).pdf

If the virtual panel agrees that the referral meets the criteria for Rapid Review the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel of the Partnership will promptly undertake a Rapid Review of the case. The aim is to enable the OSCP 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, including whether to commission a Child Safeguarding Practice Review.

As soon as the rapid review is complete, the OSCP will send a copy to the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. They should also share with the Panel any thoughts they have had on whether the case may raise issues which are complex or of national importance such that a national review may be appropriate, and on whether they plan to carry out a local child safeguarding practice review. They may also do this if, during the course of a local review, new information comes to light which changes their judgement and suggests a national review may be appropriate. 

When a local review has been agreed a review panel will be established by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. 

If the case does not meet the criteria for a child safeguarding practice review the Panel must consider whether any of the following are appropriate:    

  • Appreciative Inquiry    
  • Multi Agency Concise Review
  • Single Agency Review
  • Multi Agency Audit

The following flow chart explains the process of a rapid review referral in Oldham: Practice Review Activities and Timescale Flowchart.pdf

To refer a serious incident to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review subgroup please complete the referral form below and send securely to: OSCP.group@oldham.gov.uk

1 Referral Form V2.docx

Published Reviews will remain on the OSCP website for 12 months. Where a 7 minute briefing has been developed this will remain on the website to support Partnership learning and improvement. 

Serious Case Review - Child G
Seven minute briefing: 7 minute briefing - Child G Final.pdf

Serious Case Review - Child H
Seven minute briefing: 7 minute briefing - Child H Final.pdf

Serious Case Review - Child K

Seven minute briefing: 7 minute briefing - Child K.pdf

Serious Case Review - Child L

Seven minute briefing: 7 minute briefing - Child L.pdf

Serious Case Review - Child M
Final report: Child M Serious Case Review.pdf
Seven minute briefing: 7 minute briefing -Child M.pdf

Serious case review Child 'O' - Video

Serious Case Rebview - Child P

Final Child P - report for publication.pdf

For a copy of any of the following Serious Case Reviews:    

  • Child A
  • Child B & C
  • Child D
  • Child F

please email OSCP.group@oldham.gov.uk.        



National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

The National CSPR panel is an independent panel commissioning reviews of serious child safeguarding cases. The panel meets regularly to decide whether to commission national reviews of child safeguarding cases that are notified to it. The panel’s decisions are based on the possibility of identifying improvements from cases which it views as complex or of national importance.

Check out the National Panel's reviews and webinars: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/child-safeguarding-practice-review-panel