Full publication did not alter any content of the Khyra Ishaq serious case review, the review author has told Community Care.
John Radford of the NSPCC said that while the report was commissioned before full publication was required, neither he nor the review panel made alterations following the change in policy.
“The fact it was being published in full did not alter the report in any way, shape or form,” he said. “The only parts of the report that were redacted were to protect family members and surviving siblings. Nothing else was removed.”
The Serious Case Review (SCR) was also commissioned when Radford was both the panel chair and author, two roles now required to be held by different people.
He said he felt it was too soon to tell whether full publication would make a significant difference on the impact or role of SCRs.
“I don’t think we know what it means yet,” he said. “This is only the first one to be published in full and I think we need to see how people respond to the release before we can say what its impact will be.”