Serious incidents

The serious incident procedures seek to support Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. and its partners to ensure robust systems are in place for reporting, investigating and responding to serious incidents so lessons are learned and appropriate action taken to prevent future harm. They comply with statutory guidance set out in Chapter 4, Working Together 2018 and with the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: practice guidance issued in April 2019.

Any member of staff may make a notification to Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. regarding a serious incident, however, it is advisable to first discuss this with the safeguarding lead in your organisation. The Serious Incident Notification Form must be completed as fully as possible and emailed to shield@bexley.gov.uk no later than five working days of becoming aware that a serious incident has occurred. A copy of the notification form is available at Appendix 1 of the procedures.

The full procedures can be found here:

SHIELD serious incident procedures

A summary version has also been produced:

Summary version SHIELD serious incident procedures

The Learning from Practice Group oversees the partnership’s response to serious incidents including making recommendations for the level of learning review required. A detailed description of the the Learning from Practice Group can be found in the partnership’s published arrangements document:

Published Arrangements

The level and type of learning review Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. may undertake are described elsewhere on this website:

Learning Reviews

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