Serious Case Reviews and Learning and Improvement Reviews

There are different types of reviews a LSCB undertakes in order to further learning and improve safeguarding in the borough.

Serious case reviews are local enquiries into the death or serious injury of a child where abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor. They are carried out by Local Safeguarding Children Boards so that lessons can be learned.

A Learning and Improvement Review may be undertaken when there has been a child protection incident but the criteria or threshold for a Serious Case Review has not been met however it is believed that the case does provide lessons of broader relevance.

For more information please see the document below.

Lambeth Serious Case Reviews

The most recent published Serious Case Review (SCR) was into a serious incident concerning Child K (LSCB Publication 10 April 2019). Please find below the SCR report.



Prior to the SCR into the death of Child J, there were Child H and I. Please find their reports below.


Learning and Improvement Reviews

Aravindan Balakrishnan -

The Hidden Child Learning Review was undertaken in September 2016 in response to the Balakrishnan case and approved by the LSCB in July 2017; it provided invaluable learning.