The following Practice Directive has been issued following a review of the initial notification processes conducted in relation to a child death or serious incident involving harm to a child. Please note that for purposes of this Practice Directive and briefing note below, a serious incident will be defined as on the following:
When a child dies a referral outlining the issues should be sent through to the Referral Officers on a Child Death Notification by health. When there is a serious incident a Merlin will be sent through to Triage by police, setting out the nature of the serious incident.
When notification of a child death or serious incident is received and the child is known to Social Care, it is the responsibility of the allocated Team Manager to ensure the information below  is gathered and written up in the attached briefing document, within 2 hours of receipt of the Notification of Merlin.
Where a child is not currently open to the department, "On Duty Senior" (CSW) in Safeguarding Assessment Team will complete the briefing document within 48 hours.
This information should be forwarded immediately to:
James Thomas Director Children’s Services
Jaquie Burke, Deputy Director Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding
Beverley Halligan, Head of Social Work Improvement Beverley
Maura Cardy Partnerships & Workforce Development Manager
Only valid for 48hrs