Unit 3: Reporting, responding and investigations


3.12 Learning reviews

It is good practice for organisations to hold learning reviews whether there has been a ‘near miss’ or a full investigation into a safeguarding concern.

The purpose of a learning review is to:

  • Identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of victims/survivors.
  • Seek to prevent or reduce the risk of recurrence of similar incidents.
  • Establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the case about the way in which organisations can work in a safer way.
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon, and what is expected to change as a result.
  • Improve internal and inter-agency working.

Learning reviews should be facilitated by someone who was not involved in managing the investigation process of the safeguarding concern. Those who were involved could either write in their feedback or be present at a meeting, where their views are elicited.

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PSEAH Implementation Handbook