Research and analysis

Analysis of serious case reviews: 2011 to 2014

Report analysing 293 serious case reviews (SCRs) with findings for professionals working with children and families.

Applies to England



This study examines serious case reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents from April 2011 to March 2014 and considers findings from a 10-year period from 2003.

Local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) conduct SCRs every time child abuse or neglect is known - or suspected - and either:

  • a child dies
  • a child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to protect the child

LSCBs are responsible for improving the overall wellbeing of children in their local-authority area. They include representatives from children’s services, police, district councils and NHS trusts.

Published 4 July 2016