Serious Case Review Panel

The national panel of independent experts on serious case reviews advises local safeguarding children boards about conducting and publishing serious case reviews.


The Serious Case Review Panel supports local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) with independent advice to ensure that all parties learn from serious child protection incidents.

LSCBs will conduct a serious case review (SCR) when a child is seriously harmed or dies as a result of abuse or neglect. The review identifies how local professionals and organisations can improve the way they work together.

Terms of reference

The panel advises LSCBs about:

  • deciding when to conduct a serious case review
  • appointing the reviewers who will carry out a SCR
  • decisions on publishing SCR reports

Serious Case Review Panel reports


The panel is made up of independent experts.

Current members are:

  • Elizabeth Clarke, a practising barrister who specialises in family law
  • Nicholas Dann, Head of International Development at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch
  • Alice Miles, Director of Strategy and Advocacy at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner
  • Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC


The panel is due to meet on the following dates:

  • 10 October 2016
  • 14 November 2016
  • 12 December 2016
  • 9 January 2017
  • 13 February 2017
  • 13 March 2017
  • 10 April 2017
  • 8 May 2017
  • 12 June 2017


Serious Case Review Panel Secretariat
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings
20 Great Smith Street

Contact details