Learning Lessons from Serious Case Reviews*

Date & Time:

Tuesday 30 November 2021 (09:30 - 13:00)

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If this course is virtual, a link will be sent before the course start date direct from the trainer (2Hills)

This new course will focus on the learning from; Serious Case Review - "Don’t just rely on assurances from parents…be curious, seek evidence" and safeguarding risks faced by adolescents, based on learning from the National Working Group (NWG) 

The course is Case Study based so please arrive promptly to facilitate everyone’s learning.

Who Should Attend:

This course should be attended by Front Line Workers, Supervisors/Managers, qualified and newly qualified Social Workers, Youth Workers, Police, Probation/CRC, Family Support Workers, Housing Officers, Health Visitors, Midwifery, General Practitioners, Senior Education Staff, Early Years Staff, Play Leaders, Foster Carers and all those who are working, or in contact with children, young people and their families and those whose organisation could be affected by serious case reviews/learning lesson reviews.

What are Serious Case Reviews?

Whenever a child dies or is seriously harmed and abuse or neglect are known or suspected, Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership has a statutory duty to:

  • Review the involvement of all agencies who were involved with the child and their family.
  • Explore how agencies work together and consider improvements to strengthen the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children to deliver better outcomes.

Where there are lessons to be learnt, Serious Case Reviews play a pivotal role in improving multi-agency working, this includes recognising and embracing good practice as well as identifying and seeking solutions for improvements.


To identify recurrent and new learning drawn from SCRs (local and national) as well as recent reports/research. Using case studies to illustrate themes and highlight apparent systemic/practice failures to assist learners to imbed the learning in their own practice and in multi-agency working.

This training will consist of two separate Case Studies.

 Case Study 1

Based upon SCR 2017-2018/01, we will consider and develop learning around the following key areas:

  • Understanding the addictive nature of drug and alcohol dependency and the importance of structured, focussed, regular intervention from experienced professionals.
  • Recognising the importance of regular drug testing and some of the potential pitfalls in such tests.
  • Understanding the challenges of a substance- misusing individual controlling such behaviour and the skill required by professionals in identifying behaviours of Disguised Compliance/Non-compliance.
  • Developing your professional curiosity to help recognise instances of disguised compliance.

 Case Study 2

We will consider safeguarding risks faced by adolescents. The study is based on learning from the NWG (National Working Group).

  •  Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE).
  • Impact of Coercive Control within the home.
  • The importance of working with the family to reduce risks from wider harm.
  • The need for respectful uncertainty when working with resistant families.
  • The impact of negative childhood experiences upon children’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural development.
  • The importance of Contextual Safeguarding, recognising where risk is coming from and tailoring and coordinating the response to meet a young person’s experience of harm beyond the family environment.
  • The concept of ‘consent’ and influences on its validity in relation to children and young people. (Socially Abused Consent)


BSCP Instructions to Delegates Attending Face to Face Training:

For our socially distanced face to face courses…

  • Please follow social distancing guidelines when attending the venue and show consideration for your fellow delegates.
  • If you would like to, feel free to wear a mask for your own protection. When doing so please make a conscious effort to communicate clearly when you are sharing in group discussions, and bear in mind that much of your natural facial expressions will be hidden from the Trainer and fellow delegates.
  • Please note that refreshments will most likely NOT be available during these courses and so we encourage you to bring your flasks for hot drinks and snacks with you for breaktimes. As usual, it’s important to plan well if you want to leave the venue at lunch time to purchase food.

For our virtual courses…

  • Virtual Courses will take place via Microsoft Teams and - to a lesser extent – Zoom.
  • Please read the course information, confirmations and any follow up emails carefully during and after your booking process, and follow the instructions for receiving or locating the link to the course. Virtual courses have been re-designed from their usual face to face format, and so some alterations such as the requirement to complete pre-course work (in some instances) are in place for you.
  • If your organisation allows it, Microsoft Teams should be downloaded on your device and you should know how to use it prior to training.
  • For staff who cannot download Zoom (eg Birmingham Children’s Trust Staff), it will not be necessary to download the Zoom program in order to attend the virtual session.”

When joining a Zoom call:

  • Join the call using a browser (internet explorer or Edge) – you must not download the Zoom software  
  • You must not transfer information to the group on the call (such as files etc.) via Zoom.
  • If this is a new partner you are working with you may need to consider if attendees are required to complete a confidentiality agreement (this is separate from the use of Zoom etc.)


Places Available:


Further Information:


2Hills Consultancy

Venue Details:

MS Teams,

A link to join the course will be sent to you by email before the course start date.