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National Guidance for Child Protection Committees for Conducting a Significant Case Review

Published: 31 Mar 2015
Directorate:
Children and Families Directorate
Part of:
Communities and third sector
ISBN:
9781785442087

This guidance has been superseded by the 2021 Learning Review guidance, available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/national-guidance-child-protection-committees-undertaking-learning-reviews/.

National Guidance for Child Protection Committees for Conducting a Significant Case Review
Criteria for establishing whether a case is significant

Criteria for establishing whether a case is significant

A significant case need not be about just one significant incident. In some cases, for example, neglect, concerns may be cumulative.

Criteria

When a child dies and the incident or accumulation of incidents (a case) gives rise to significant/serious concerns about professional and/or service involvement or lack of involvement, and one or more of the following apply:

  • Abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child's death;
  • The child is on, or has been on, the Child Protection Register (CPR) or a sibling is or was on the CPR. This is regardless of whether or not abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child's death unless it is absolutely clear to the Child Protection Committee that the child having been on the CPR has no bearing on the case;
  • The death is by suicide or accidental death[2];
  • The death is by alleged murder, culpable homicide, reckless conduct, or act of violence[3];
  • At the time of their death the child was looked after by, or was receiving aftercare or continuing care from, the local authority[4],

When a child has not died but has sustained significant harm or risk of significant harm as defined in the National Guidance for Child Protection Scotland[5], and in addition to this, the incident or accumulation of incidents (a case) gives rise to serious concerns about professional and/or service involvement or lack of involvement, and the relevant Child Protection Committee determines that there may be learning to be gained through conducting a Significant Case Review.


Contact

Email: ChildProtection@gov.scot