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Joint Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews, Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

When do we have to carry out reviews?

As a borough we have statutory duties to undertake reviews in the below situations:

Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) – where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone he or she has been in an intimate relationship with.

Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) – when an adult in Solihull with needs for care and support dies, and the Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB) knows or suspects that the death resulted from abuse or neglect, or the adult is still alive and the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect, and there is concern about how SAB members worked together to safeguard the adult.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review (CSPR) – where a child has died or been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

The purpose of the reviews is to identify learning to improve practice so that individuals in similar circumstances have a chance of experiencing a better outcome.

What are the findings?

What has become apparent is that there were some key themes which cut across multiple reviews and it was agreed that it would be helpful to share this with practitioners. As a measure of keeping the learning from these reviews ongoing, a series of quick guides have been produced on each of these topics.

How should you use the quick guides?

These quick guides identify case examples of these themes in practice, key messages and best practice advice. Professionals and practitioners are encouraged to take time and read these to reflect and learn, or they may be useful to encourage group reflection & learning in a team meeting. This will support in achieving the purpose of statutory reviews; to prevent harm and/or death and to improve practice so that individuals in similar circumstances have a chance of experiencing a better outcome.

These guides have been developed based on our current understanding of best practice and the learning from completed reviews. As new reviews are published and our understanding of best practice changes and develops, we will look to add to this resource and will keep it under routine review.