New learning from serious case reviews

Written by Department for EducationDate 04 May 2016

This report from the Department for Education provides a national analysis of local enquiries into the death or serious injury of a child where abuse or neglect are known or suspected. 

The two-year analysis includes five inter-linking studies (three of which have already been published) drawing primarily on either the 115 serious case reviews notified to the Department for Education during the 2009–10, or the full sample of 184 serious case reviews from the two year period 1 April 2009 - 31 March 2011.

The five studies are informed by the same approach to the exploration of interacting risks which seeks to understand inter-agency working within the dynamic context of the developing child’s world. Overall, access to a greater number of SCR overview reports for this two year period has allowed us to explore themes in a way not previously possible.