Research and analysis

Systematic review of solution focused brief therapy with children and families

Systematic literature review reporting recommendations for safeguarding and protecting children.



This systematic literature review of solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) arises from the second serious case review (SCR) of the death of Peter Connelly (Haringey Local Safeguarding Children Board, 2009), in whose case SFBT was being partially used within children’s social care services. The Peter Connelly SCR overview report included the recommendation to examine whether any models of practice had an influence on the way in which Peter’s case was managed.

The Peter Connelly SCR overview report concluded that, whilst emphasising the strengths of parents is important, SFBT is not compatible with the authoritative approach to parents in the protective phase of enquiries, assessment and child protection conference, and the local authority should review its use of SFBT with families.

Published 24 November 2011