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Learning and Improvement Framework

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP) and Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) have a joint Learning and Improvement Framework.

The aim of this framework is to enable local organisations to improve services through being clear about their responsibilities to learn from experience and particularly through the provision of insights into the way organisations work together to safeguard and protect the welfare of children.


Bite-Size Learning Sheets

Local Serious Case Reviews have highlighted a number of practice issues and so these bite-size sheets have been developed to help practitioners respond to them more effectively.

Each learning sheet gives you a brief overview of a practice issue, how it can manifest, different ways to approach the practice issue, some further reading and a group activity to generate discussion in a group or team setting.

The bite-size sheets have been developed with frontline practitioners and we will be adding more to this page. Think of a topic that you’d like us to write a learning sheet for? Please get in touch and let us know.

Learning Briefs

As part of our Learning and Improvement framework, the NCSCP continues to produce briefing notes following all reviews conducted. This includes Serious Case Reviews and other multi-agency reviews where there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child.

The Briefing Note aims to change practice by providing an overview of the learning identified through the review, with some context to the case. The Briefing Notes are intended to be shared widely across the workforce and used to inform practice.

Please note that all Learning Brief Notes are anonymised to protect families concerned, and to differentiate between cases different letters of the alphabet have been used.

Past Briefing Notes from older reviews are archived, and available upon request.


How these documents can be used?

  • Read these documents carefully and consider the learning in respect of current families you are working with
  • Keep these documents in a handy place to support easy reference in future work
  • Take these documents to team meetings and share with colleagues
  • Use these documents in supervisions for reference and to support case management / reflective practice.

Serious Case Reviews

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership will identify serious child safeguarding cases which raise issues of importance in relation to the area and commission and oversee a review of those cases where they consider it appropriate to do so. The identification of serious child safeguarding cases will primarily be through the notification requirements placed on Nottingham City Council which require certain incidents to be notified to the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

The definition of a serious child safeguarding case are those in which:

  • abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and
  • the child has died or been seriously harmed.


Serious Case Review Reports

Recent Serious Case Review reports are published on this page and are available to download for a limited time. All overview reports are anonymised to protect families concerned. Historical summaries and overviews are available through the National Repository managed by the NSPCC.

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