Prior to September 2019 safeguarding responsibilities were managed by the Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB).  Archive documentation relating to the SSCB is below, for reference. For details of current practice see Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Serious Case Reviews initiated in the lifetime of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board

The SSCB is required to initiate a Serious Case Review (SCR) in circumstances where:

  • abuse or neglect of the child is known or suspected; and
  • either (i) the child has died; or (ii) the child has ben seriously harmed and there is a cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

The purpose of the Serious Case Review is to:

  • establish whether there is any learning from the case and from the way in which professionals and organisations worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
  • identify clearly what those lessons are, what the learning is, what is expected to change and within what timescale.


  • As a consequence, better safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

When a Serious Case Review was completed and learning identified, the report and SSCB response were published on this page of our website.