The death of a child from abuse or neglect is of huge public and professional importance. In recognition of this, in England, every such death is subject to a multi-agency serious case review. The purpose of these reviews is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case with regards to the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The overall aim of this project was to inform the development of a revised framework for conducting national reviews. It aims to critically appraise the approaches to analysis to assess their usefulness in identifying common themes and trends and in auditing the process and outcomes of serious case reviews.
It also aims to ascertain the views of those carrying out serious case reviews, and a wider representative group of practitioners and policy makers, on their validity and usefulness.