Serious Incident Notification Involving Children
|1||Serious Incident||A child has died (including cases of suspected suicide), and abuse or neglect is known or suspected|
A child has been “seriously harmed” and abuse or neglect is known or suspected
A looked after child has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected); or
A child in a regulated setting or service has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected)
|2||Where a child has died and it is believed that the case meets the criteria for a ‘Serious Incident Notification||A Head of Service will: |
– Inform the Assistant Director and Director of Children’s Services.
– Inform the NYSCP Partnership Manager and Notify Ofsted within 5 working days of becoming aware that the incident occurred. Contact to Ofsted should be made via the online form.
– Ensure the Notification is uploaded onto LCS and this is sent to the Director of Children’s Services and NYSCP.
|3||Where a child has been seriously harmed||“Seriously harmed” in the context of the above includes, but is not limited to, cases where the child has sustained, as a result of abuse or neglect, any or all of the following: |
– A potentially life-threatening injury
– Serious and/or likely long-term impairment of physical or mental health or physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development
This definition is not exhaustive. In addition, even if a child recovers, this does not mean that serious harm cannot have occurred.
|4||Decision to undertake a rapid review/local child safeguarding practice review.||The review will be considered by the NYSCP Safeguarding Practice Review Group (SPRG). The review will then propose a way forward for the three strategic partners to sign off and will communicate with the National Panel as appropriate.|