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Learning from National Reviews

National case review repository
In November 2013 the NSPCC launched the national case review repository, in collaboration with the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs.  The repository provides a single place for published case reviews to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014
Pathways to harm, pathways to protection (July 2016) analyses 293 Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents which occurred between 1 April 2011-31 March 2014.  The significant body of learning contained in this Triennial Analysis is an essential resource for everyone concerned to prevent and protect against the maltreatment of infants, children and young people.

Research in Practice – Serious Case Reviews
The Research in Practice website includes materials to support learning in practice for LSCBs, social work and early help, police and criminal justice, health and education practitioners.  Detailed below are briefings for professionals relating to the findings from ‘Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014’:


Cafcass – Learning from Serious Case Reviews
Cafcass has recently published findings from a study of 97 serious case reviews (SCRs) which the service contributed to between 2009-2016.  Physical abuse, both fatal and non-fatal, accounted for the highest number of incidents. Many of these cases also featured parental vulnerabilities such as learning difficulties and domestic abuse was another common feature in the SCR cases reviewed.  The report can be accessed at the following link:

Learning from serious case reviews: infants
Published case reviews show it can be difficult for professionals to find a balance between supporting new parents and recognising and addressing any risks posed to babies.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals should work together to maintain a focus on the needs and experiences of very young children in vulnerable families.
Source: NSPCC: infants: learning from case reviews   Date: 06 September 2018