Learning Seminar – Child A



19th Mar 2021

11:00 – 13:00

Group A/B/C

Safeguarding Children

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Learning Seminar details:


The Serious Case Review concerning Child A speaks for itself.  This highly challenging case outlines important messages for safeguarding professionals who are working with disabled children or those who have complex health needs.

The learning seminar, delivered by the Independent Reviewer, Sarah Baker, will provide an overview of the Child A case, expand on the key findings and recommendations of the review as well set out the range of ways in which professional can improve their collective safeguarding response.

Upcoming dates:

  • Friday 19th March 2021, 11.00 – 13.00

Key Findings

The Serious Case Review (SCR) of Child A report sets out a range of findings and recommendations for practice improvement, including:

  • Practitioners did not consistently listen to the voice of Child A, so as to understand Child A’s perspective, concerns and feelings in order to undertake a meaningful assessment.
  • Some of Child A’s reported symptoms were responded to without any objective assessment by health professionals.
  • There was an absence of a lead professional to co-ordinate and communicate the input of different agencies.
  • The absence of a local chronic pain team contributed to the inadequate monitoring and supervision of Child A’s long-term medication.
  • There were weaknesses in practice to monitor the repeated postponement or cancellation of Child A’s health appointments by the parents.
  • There was an insufficient response in meeting Child A’s educational needs.
  • Practitioners insufficiently challenged and escalated their concerns about Child A.

Facilitator: Sarah Baker, Independent Reviewer