- Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 set out the arrangements for multi-agency child practice reviews and adult practice reviews. Guidance delivered under this Act is part of the legal requirements.
- Safeguarding Boards (Functions and Procedures)(Wales) Act 2015 laid down the criteria and arrangements for child practice reviews and adult practice reviews.
- UN Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by the UK Government in 1991.
- Domestic Violence, Crimes and Victims Act 2004 established a statutory basis for DHRs which was implemented with due guidance in 2011 and reviewed in 2016. It states “of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by:
- a person to whom he was related or with whom he/she was or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or
- a member of the same household as themselves, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.”
Where the definition has been met, which is confirmed by the Community Safety Partnership then a DHR must be undertaken.
- Domestic Abuse Act 2021 requires all recommendations from DHRs to be submitted to the Domestic Abuse Commissioner.