Guidance

Report a serious child safeguarding incident

How local authorities should report a serious incident of child abuse or neglect, or the death of a child who is looked after.

Reporting safeguarding incidents

From 29 June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

You should report incidents where the local authority knows or suspects that a child has been abused or neglected and:

  • the child dies (including suspected suicide) or is seriously harmed in the local authority’s area
  • while normally resident in the local authority’s area, the child dies or is seriously harmed outside England

You should also report the incident to the relevant local safeguarding children board (LSCB) at the same time as notifying the panel.

Online notification form

Use the online form to notify the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

For cases of child death, you should:

  • submit a separate notification form for each child that died

For cases of serious harm to siblings, you should:

  • only submit a single notification form providing details of the harm suffered by all the children in the family

For cases of serious harm to more than one child, where the children are not siblings, you should:

  • submit a separate notification form for each child

For Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) cases where there is a large-scale police operation in progress, where there can be large numbers of children who are either witnesses or victims, you should:

  • submit a single notification form for the main child who is believed to be a victim of abuse and add brief identifying details of the other children understood to be victims in the case outline free text box

All notifications will be shared with Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE).

Local authorities can also use this form to notify Ofsted and the Secretary of State for Education of the death of a child who is looked after, where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected, as required by paragraph 20, Schedule 2 of the Children Act 1989.

Children’s social care providers’ should use the separate notification form for adoption support agencies, children’s homes, independent fostering agencies, residential family centres, secure children’s homes.

Contact details

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Postal address:

Panel Secretariat
c/o Department for Education
Level 8, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

Email: Mailbox.NationalReviewPanel@education.gov.uk

Ofsted

Postal address:

Applications, Regulatory and Contact Team
Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M12 WD

Email: SCR.SIN@ofsted.gov.uk
Secure email for receipt of sensitive information: scr.sin@ofsted.cjsm.net

In urgent situations, particularly if there is significant media interest in a particular incident, call Ofsted on 0300 123 1231.

The Department for Education

Postal address:

Notifiable Incident Briefing Team
Department for Education
Level 8, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

Email: Mailbox.CPOD@education.gov.uk

Published 29 June 2018