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The CSPR National Panel and Learning from National Reviews

The production of and all decisions made relating to Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (LCSPRs) in England is overseen by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review National Panel. The National Panel can choose to commission national case reviews and produce national thematic reports on issues which represent national challenges which set out recommendations and findings for safeguarding partnerships to use locally.

Information on the National Panel can be found here:

CSPR Panel: Practice Guidance

Information on what the panel does, how it works and its practice principles can be found here:

CSPR National Panel: Annual Report Jan 2022-March 2023

Published on 30th January 2024, this is the most comprehensive report to-date providing detailed analysis and commentary about the lives of children and families at the heart of local and national learning reviews, and about patterns in practice. The report builds on some of the practice themes to make a difference, identified in previous annual reports, giving specific consideration to the role of leaders in creating the conditions for the best safeguarding practice.

The full report can be found here: National Panel Annual Report 2022-23

National Review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson 2022

On 26th May 2022, the National Panel published its findings and recommendations for national government and local safeguarding partners to protect children at risk of serious harm. The review examines the circumstances leading up the deaths of Arthur (in June 2020) and Star (in September 2020) and considers whether their murders reflect wider national issues in child protection.

The full review can be found here: Child Protection in England: National Review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson

The National Panel published a briefing note summarising the key learning and main practice/system issues for professionals to reflect on, as well as the national recommendations, which can be found here: Briefing Note for Child Protections professionals across England

In June 2022, the National Panel hosted 5 webinars to cascade the learning from the national review. A paper summarising the key themes and responses to frequently asked questions can be found here: CSPR Panel Webinar Summary June 2022

SCSP has produced a localised Arthur and Star Briefing Paper  summarising the key findings and recommendations of the National Review for use by all practitioners who work with children in Sandwell to inform and improve practice.


CSPR National Panel: Annual Report 2021

In December 2022, the National Panel published its’ analysis and reflection on the year 2021, including patterns in practice, key messages and planned future work. The full report can be found here:

CSPR National Panel: Annual Report 2020

Analysis and reflection on safeguarding practices in England during 2020, including the unprecedented challenges faces by children, families and agencies due to COVID-19. The full report can be found here:

National Reviews

First national review – ‘It was Hard to Escape’ – Safeguarding Children at risk from Criminal Exploitation 2020

This report looks at 21 children’s cases from 17 local areas regarding children who died or experienced serious harm where CE was a factor. Published 4th March 2020.

Second national review – ‘Out of Routine’ – Safeguarding Children at risk from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death 2020

This report aims to identify what might have been done differently and how to improve approaches to embed safer sleeping advice in families with children considered to be at risk of significant harm through child abuse or neglect. Published 16th July 2020.

Third national review – ‘The Myth of Invisible Men’ – Safeguarding Children under 1 from non accidental injury caused by male carers 2021

A review of cases where babies have been seriously harmed or killed by their father or male carer and the myth of invisible men. Published 16th September 2021

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