Initial Case Reviews (ICRS) & Significant Case Reviews (SCRS) - Adults

Further to the launch of the Interim National Guidance for Adult Protection Committees Conducting a Significant Case Review (‘The Guidance’) in November 2019, from 1st October 2020, the Care Inspectorate welcome submission of Initial Case Reviews (ICRs) and Significant Case Reviews (SCRs) commenced on or after 5th November 2019.

The online notification system for ICRs and SCRs should be used for all submissions. The forms have in built prompts and guidance to support completion.

Please note online submissions require to be completed in one sitting – they cannot be saved when partially completed and then returned to. There is work ongoing to develop this system.

A word version of the ICR notification has been provided here. This could be used to develop the responses, and then be copied into the online version.

Adult Protection Committees should note the word version is to support the development of the submission. The submission should however be returned through the online tool.

Adult Protection Committees are required to submit the full ICR report to the Care Inspectorate along with the completed ‘Form B’ (ICR notification) within seven days of ratification of the outcome of the ICR by the Chief Officers Group.

The ICR notification should be submitted here: ICR notification.

Similarly, The Care Inspectorate, on behalf of Scottish Government, acts as a central collation point for all Significant Case Reviews completed across Scotland at the point at which they are concluded. Further to agreeing the Final Report, in accordance with the steps detailed in The Guidance, Adult Protection Committees should timeously agree a dissemination approach, including submission to the Care Inspectorate.

A word version of the SCR notification has been provided here. This could be used to develop the responses, and then be copied into the online version.

SCR notifications should be submitted here: SCR Reporting Form.

Adult Protection Committees can request to receive a pdf version of the information they submit via the online submission mechanism.

The Care Inspectorate is the central repository for all ICRs and SCRs as a way of supporting learning from these reviews to be shared and implemented more widely. As such, it is important that all learning reviews that are similar in purpose though not labelled as an ICR or SCR are also submitted.

This will enable a better understanding of the decision making process involved in determining the need and scope for ICRs and other reports, compared to the overall number of reported SCRs; and identify areas where learning can be shared from the cases which do not proceed beyond Initial Case Review.

Following completion of the ICR/ SCR notification, an anonymised copy of the ICR/SCR report should be sent to us via secure email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The main contact for this work is:

Caroline Doherty

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