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Rapid Reviews and Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews
The purpose of reviews of serious child safeguarding cases, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Local safeguarding partners must make arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which, in their view, raise issues of importance in relation to their area. They must commission and oversee the review of those cases, where they consider it appropriate for a review to be undertaken.

Serious child safeguarding cases are those in which:

  • Abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and
  • The child has died or been seriously harmed.

The safeguarding partners should promptly undertake a rapid review of the case, in line with any guidance published by the Panel. The aim of this rapid review is to enable safeguarding partners 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 or not to undertake a child safeguarding practice review.

To make a referral for a serious incident please complete the form below and send to

OSCP Case Review Referral Form - Latest Version.docx

Effective Support and Help Framework
Oldham's Effective Support and Help framework has been developed to support practitioners and managers in identifying and assessing a child's level of need in order to provide the right support at the right time.

Oldham Safeguarding Partnership has set out a Continuum of Need model. This ranges from those with low level needs to those whose needs are more acute requiring specialist high level intervention. Children’s needs can and will change and it is imperative that practitioners are able to support a smooth transition across the continuum.

Universal - Level 1: The needs of children are met by universal services such as schools, healthcare services, leisure and community services which are readily accessible to all, as well as the love, care and protection from parents and carers
Additional - Level 2:
Children with additional needs that can be met by support, which may only be short-term, but if ignored could lead to an escalation of need
Intensive - Level 3:
Children who have multiple and complex needs requiring a multi-agency response with a lead professional. This is the level that may require Children’s Social Care to undertake a S17 Child in Need assessment
Specialist - Level 4:
Children with acute needs requiring statutory, high level intervention. This could be due to safeguarding issues including child protection concerns where there is actual or likely significant harm. This will require Social Care to undertake a S17 Children in Need assessment or S47 enquiries.

Effective Support and Help Framework 2019.pdf

Early Help Assessment
Oldham's Early Help Service works with children, young people, their families and adult only households. The service takes a person, family-centred approach and provides help at the earliest possible opportunity.

The Early Help assessment framework is Oldham's approach to conducting an assessment of the needs of a child or young person and deciding how those needs should be met.

Early Help is a consent driven service and as such the service requires consent at the point a referral is made. If you are considering making a referral to the service, or would like to make a self-referral, and would like more information please contact the Early Help team on 0161 770 7777, (option 1)

Early Help Assessment (Oldham Council webpage)

Local Protocol for Assessment
Under Working Together 2018 Local authorities, with their partners, are required to develop and publish local protocols for assessment. A local protocol should set out clear arrangements for how cases will be managed once a child is referred into local authority children’s social care and be consistent with the requirements of statutory guidance.

OSCP Local-assessment-protocol-FINAL (1).pdf

Oldham Safeguarding Partnership, in partnership with Action for Children has developed a practice toolkit for professionals working with neglect.

OSCP Neglect_Toolkit_guide-1-.pdf

Neglect_Toolkit_2014_Oldham_complete_v7 (4).pdf


Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
T: 0161 770 7777

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