SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    11.2 The Rapid Review

    Last updated 14/07/2021

    Children & Families Partnerships are required, under Chapter 4 of the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, to undertake a rapid review for serious child safeguarding cases where:
    • abuse or neglect of a child is suspected and
    • the child has died or been seriously harmed.

    The purpose of a rapid review is 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.

    All agencies who have been involved with the subject child or family will be required to contribute to the rapid review. An initial scoping of agencies’ intervention will, therefore, need to be completed and other relevant information will need to be rapidly gathered.

    For more information, access Sefton LSCB's Reflective Review Procedure