Statutory safeguarding reviews

The purpose of statutory safeguarding reviews, at both local and national level, is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults.

All NHS agencies and organisations that are asked to participate in a statutory review must do so.

The input and involvement required will be discussed and agreed in the terms of reference for the review. Broadly, this will involve meeting regularly with colleagues and attending panels or review group meetings throughout the investigative phase. All health providers, including GPs, are required to provide and share information relevant to any statutory review process.

NHS England, via the Designated Professionals, may support panel chairs where lessons learned have wider implications and need co-ordinated national action, and/or where there are obstacles to full NHS participation that require a range of relationship, contractual and professional influences.