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3.2 Notifiable Incidents


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  1. Criteria for Notifiable Incidents


1. Criteria for Notifiable Incidents

A notifiable incident is an incident involving the care of a child which meets any of the following criteria:

  • A child has died (including cases of suspected suicide), and abuse or neglect is known or suspected;
  • A child has been seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is known or suspected;
  • A looked after child has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected); or
  • A child in a regulated setting or service has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected).

The appropriate senior manager in each local authority should report any incident that meets the above criteria to Ofsted and the relevant LSCB or LSCBs promptly, and within five working days of becoming aware that the incident has occurred. Each Local Authority will have managers with these responsibilities identified.

For the avoidance of doubt, if an incident meets the criteria for a Serious Case Review (see Serious Case Reviews and Other LSCB Audits Procedure) then it will also meet the criteria for a notifiable incident. There will, however, be notifiable incidents that do not proceed through to Serious Case Review.

Notifications will be made using the GOV.UK site.

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