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Annual review of LCSPRs and rapid reviews: CASPAR briefing

Publication date May 2021

Following a serious safeguarding incident, local safeguarding partners are required to submit a rapid review to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. The panel is responsible for identifying and overseeing the review of serious child safeguarding cases in England. If a case raises issues that are complex or of national importance, the decision may be made to commission an in-depth Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (LCSPR).

The University of East Anglia and the University of Birmingham, reviewed all 33 completed LCSPRs received between 1 October 2019 and 31 December 2020 and a sample of around a quarter (135) of the rapid reviews completed in January to December 2020.1

Our briefing summarises findings from this review, including:

  • the key points in a child’s ‘pathway’ where opportunities are missed and issues are faced
  • key practice themes from rapid reviews and LCSPRs
  • the quality and value of rapid reviews and LCSPRs
  • conclusions and recommendations.


Dickens, J. et al (2021) Annual review of LCSPRs and rapid reviews (PDF). London: Department for Education.
A summary of the annual review of Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and rapid reviews
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