Case Management Review
The purpose of CMRs is to review and reflect on practice, identify learning and then disseminate the learning to improve practice and enhance safeguarding outcomes for children and young people in the future.
Description of the case management process
Case Management Reviews
The focus of a CMR is on learning and in particular on:
Establishing the facts of the case
Identifying what has worked well so that member agencies of the SBNI can build upon it;
Ascertaining if there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which professionals and statutory and/or voluntary agencies work together to safeguard children;
Identifying clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon and what is expected to change as a consequence
Providing a report highlighting the lessons learned and identifying any recommendations for future action.
Statutory basis for case management reviews
Section 3(4) of the Safeguarding Board Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 (“the 2011 Act”) places a duty on the Safeguarding Board to carry out Case Management Reviews (CMRs) in prescribed circumstances. These circumstances are prescribed under Regulation 17 of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (Membership, Procedure, Function and Committee) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (“the 2012 Regulations”). Section 7(1)(c) of the 2011 Act places a duty on the Safeguarding Board to establish
“a committee to be called “the Case Management Review Panel” (“CMR Panel”). In accordance with Regulation 38 of the 2012 Regulations, the functions of the CMR Panel include “holding a case management review in such circumstances as are described in Regulation 17(2) and (3); and establishing arrangements for sharing the findings of case management reviews.”