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Joint Case Review Sub Group

Overall purpose of the Joint Case Review Sub Group

Joint Case Review Sub Group acts as a learning sub group to:

  •  Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB)
  •  Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB)
  •  Herefordshire Community Safety Partnership

The group is accountable to the Executive Groups of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board, Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board and Herefordshire Community Safety Partnership.

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board has a legal duty to undertake reviews of serious cases (SCRs) where children have died or suffered serious harm, the criteria for such reviews is set out in Working Together 2015. The chair of HSCB has the responsibility for decision making about whether to conduct a review in individual cases.

Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board has a legal duty to undertake reviews of cases where an adult at risk has died or suffered serious harm, the criteria for such reviews is set out in the Care Act 2014.   The chair of HSAB has the responsibility for decision making about whether to conduct a review in individual cases.

Herefordshire Community Safety Partnership (or Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership) has a statutory duty to undertake a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) when a person (over 16) is murdered either by an intimate partner or a member of their household. The chair of CSP has the responsibility for decision making in individual cases. The criteria are set out in the Home Office Domestic Homicide Review Guidance 2014.

All three Boards are committed to reviewing cases that do not meet the formal criteria for full review, but where it there has been serious harm caused to an individual by abuse or neglect and it is felt that there could be useful learning for staff and agencies in Herefordshire. Where there has not been a death, or where no serious harm caused to an individual, the three boards will need to consider how they may want to review other cases which arise where there may be a need for inter- agency learning. Such cases fall outside the scope of the JCR sub group.