Learning Seminar – Child C



29th Mar 2021

11:00 – 13:00

Group A/B/C

Safeguarding Children

Limited Spaces

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Learning Seminar details:


On 1 May 2019, Child C, a 15 year old male, died as a result of being stabbed whilst in the street. Child C had been permanently excluded from school and three months before his death, he had been seriously injured in another stabbing incident. There had been a noticeable increase in police contacts and concerns about deteriorating behaviour and escalating risk. Child C was going missing and local intelligence suggested he was being criminally exploited and possibly involved in county lines.
The learning seminar, delivered by the Independent Reviewer, Charlie Spencer, will outline the case of Child C, explore the findings and recommendations of the review, help practitioners understand the parents’ perspective and the key messages and lessons for multi-agency safeguarding practice.

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday 29th March 2021, 11.00 – 13.00
  • Wednesday 31st March 2021, 13.00 – 15.00

Key Findings

The Serious Case Review (SCR) of Child C makes nine key findings and fifteen recommendations for practice improvement, including:

  • Exclusion from mainstream school can heighten risk.
  • Education settings need access to local intelligence.
  • A focus on the individual child is important.
  • Clarity is needed about interventions to mitigate extra-familial risk.
  • Developing positive relationships with young people is important.
  • Involving and supporting parents is essential to effective safety planning.
  • Inconsistent judgements about risk creates uncertainty.
  • Ambiguity about the ‘status’ of intervention with Child C led to opportunities to intervene being missed.
  • Poor case recording can directly impact in practice.

Facilitator: Charlie Spencer, Independent Reviewer