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How local authorities should report a serious child safeguarding incident

Guidance published by Ofsted

Ofsted has published guidance advising local authorities how they should report a serious incident of child abuse or neglect, or the death of a child who is looked after.

For safeguarding incidents, from 29 June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within five working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

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

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

For the online notification form, click here.

For cases of child death, the local authority should:

For cases of serious harm to siblings, the local authority should:

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

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, the local authority should:

For the full guidance, click here.