Research and analysis

Serious case reviews: analysis, lessons and challenges

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

Applies to England


Learning for the future: final analysis of serious case reviews, 2017 to 2019

Serious case reviews 1998 to 2019: continuities, changes and challenges


‘Learning for the future’ is an overview and analysis of 235 cases which led to serious case reviews (SCRs) between April 2017 and September 2019.

The report gives an overview of the key characteristics of the cases, and addresses:

  • the problem of neglect
  • the challenges of practice
  • the task of listening to the child’s voice

‘Serious case reviews 1998 to 2019’ considers government-commissioned periodic overviews of SCRs, from 1998 until the dissolution of SCRs in 2019.

This report aims to give a final overview of practice during that period and the major continuities, changes and challenges for SCRs.

We also published analysis of SCRs between 2014 and 2017.

Published 15 December 2022