Research and analysis

Analysis of serious case reviews: 2014 to 2017

Research report analysing 368 serious case reviews (SCRs) with findings for professionals working with children and families.


Complexity and challenge: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014 to 2017


This study examines serious case reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents from April 2014 to March 2017.

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.

Using the study, Research in Practice have produced 6 online briefings for various professional sectors.

Published 4 March 2020