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Understanding serious case reviews and their impact: a biennial analysis of serious case reviews between 2005 and 2007

This national study has explored the ways in which serious case reviews can help to understand more about the children at the centre of the reviews, the families within which they were living and professional interventions to protect them.

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Understanding serious case reviews and their impact: a biennial analysis of serious case reviews between 2005 and 2007

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Serious case reviews are undertaken when a child dies or is seriously injured, and abuse or neglect are known or suspected to be factors in the death. They are carried out under the auspices of Local Safeguarding Children Boards so that lessons can be learnt locally. This is the fourth biennial overview of serious case reviews across England and was commissioned to draw out themes and trends so that lessons learnt from these cases can inform both policy and practice.

The child protection database was analysed to establish which of the 464 notifications of critical child care incidents reported progressed to become a serious case review. Of the 189 cases that became serious case reviews, descriptive statistics were obtained about the children, their families, the environment in which the children were living, and also some detail about professional involvement.

Includes:

  • Chapter 1 The serious case review process and its policy, practice
  • and research context
  • Chapter 2 Characteristics and circumstances of the children and their
  • families, and agency involvement
  • Chapter 3 Key themes, understanding the cases from an interacting risk
  • perspective
  • Chapter 4 The serious case review process and its impact
  • Chapter 5 Conclusions
  • Bibliography

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