Learning from the Serious Case Review (SCR) of Child J
The LSCB organised two briefing sessions for multi-agency staff, to share and cascade the learning from the Serious Case Review (SCR) following the tragic death of Child J. The SCR report and slides from the cascade briefing can be found on the LSCB website. The key themes/ lessons from the SCR centred around attachment, bereavement, loss and transition.
The bereavement of Child J following the loss of her mother became a catalyst for transition and loss throughout Child J’s short life, whereby she moved between familial residences to successive foster placements unable to sustain attachments. This was a key area of oversight for the agencies. Also, the concept of ‘Parental Responsibility’ was a significant issue. Agencies need to ensure ‘parental responsibility’ is determined and communicated to the relevant parties to ensure a sense of belonging for the child and to ensure those with parental responsibilities understand their legal rights.