The annual report highlights patterns in practice the panel has gleaned from the 538 rapid reviews notified to the them since it was established in July 2018. From this analysis, teenagers and infants appear most at-risk of death and serious harm in the context of abuse and neglect. This worrying trend is something we want to analyse further.
Adolescents at risk of criminal exploitation is the focus of our first national review. It Was Hard to Escape: Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation, examines 21 cases where children died or were seriously harmed, in which criminal exploitation was a factor. The review identifies areas of innovative good practice and contains recommendations at local and national level.
Despite a good level of awareness of the dangers of co-sleeping, the Panel has still seen a high level of sudden unexpected deaths of babies in the context of abuse and neglect. Our national review into this issue is expected in the Spring.
The National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel