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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10861: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many significant case reviews of social work services have been carried out in each year since 1999; how many recommendations have been (a) made and (b) implemented, and how many of the recommendations focused on a need for better support for (i) social workers and (ii) families, also broken down by how many of these have been implemented.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 8 September 2017

The Care Inspectorate has been the repository for significant case reviews for children and young people, since 2015. Significant case reviews were not collated before this, although the effectiveness of the response to significant case reviews findings within local authority areas will have been used by the Care Inspectorate during their inspections of children and young people’s services. It is the role of the Child Protection Committees and Chief Officers’ Groups to oversee actions and changes recommended by significant case reviews.

As outlined above, it is not possible to provide the requested detail [question 2. (a), (b), (i) & (ii)] on significant case review recommendations and their implementation because centralised records were not held before 2015, however, the following chronology and numbers provide some of the requested information for initial case reviews and significant case reviews carried out for children and young people:

(a) In 2012 Scottish Government published an analysis of findings from audit and analysis of 56 significant case reviews and 43 initial case reviews carried out in Scotland between 2007 and 2012 in which over 500 recommendations for improvement were made. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0040/00404517.pdf

As noted above, in 2016, the Care Inspectorate published an analysis of findings from audit and analysis of 20 significant case reviews carried out in Scotland between 2012 and 2015, in which 177 recommendations for improvement were made.

The Care Inspectorate received 10 significant case reviews between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017, in which a total of 190 recommendations were made. The Care Inspectorate do not hold information on significant case reviews carried out in Scotland before 31 March 2007.

(b) Focus of recommendations:

• In the period 2007-2012, over half of the recommendations related to improvements required in key operational processes and a further quarter related to policies and procedures. Just over 70 recommendations were categorised as directly relating to the need for staff training, development and support. These findings related to staff across all key agencies.

• 2012-2015: out of the 177 recommendations, 13 were categorised as directly relating to staff training, development, support and supervision.

Information on significant case reviews for adults at risk of harm is not collated centrally. The new national Framework for Adult Protection Committees on conducting Significant Case Reviews which is under development will include a means to make this information available in future.