About Kingston LSCB

Serious Case Review Subgroup

In line with Working Together 2015, a Serious Case Review will be undertaken for every case where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and either:

  • A child dies; or
  • A child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child.

“The LSCB for the area in which the child is normally resident should decide whether an incident notified to them meets the criteria for an SCR. This decision should normally be made within one month of notification of the incident. The final decision rests with the Chair of the LSCB.” The LSCB Chair will inform the national SCR panel about their SCR decisions

The Serious Case Review (SCR) Subgroup will review the referrals against the criteria for holding a SCR and make appropriate recommendations to the LSCB Board. The Subgroup will consider serious cases which do not meet the criteria for holding a SCR, but have a multi-agency element and provide scope for learning around multi-agency practice and procedures. The SCR subgroup will undertake reviews of serious cases and advise the local authority and the LSCB on lessons to be learned.


  • Deborah Lightfoot – Kingston LSCB Chair and Chair of the Serious Case Review Subgroup
  • Alison Twynam – Director of Children’s Social Care, Achieving for Children
  • Ian Dodds – Director of Standards and Improvement, Achieving for Children
  • Carol Buchanan – Strategic Head of Inclusion, Achieving for Children
  • Andrea Knock – Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Sarah Bennett – CDOP Co-ordinator for Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston
  • Neeta Sharma – Principal Solicitor, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Robert Henderson – Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations, Achieving for Children
  • Claire Moxon – DCI Kingston Police
  • Fiona Grant, Janet Grimes, Kajal Patel – Child Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Nader Elgharably – Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Kingston Hospital
  • Russell Styles – Associate Director of Public Health, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Karen Penny – Manager, Kingston Homestart
  • Andrea Bennett – Head of Children’s and Families Services, Your Healthcare

Advisory and Support to the Subgroup

  • Elisabeth Major – LSCB Professional Advisor
  • Vivienne White – Kingston LSCB Coordinator
  • Samantha Chidenga – Business Support Officer