When a child dies from abuse or neglect, a case review is conducted to identify ways that local professionals and organisations can improve the way they work together to safeguard children.

We have been working with the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs to create the national case review repository to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

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Practice and research from case reviews

Learning from case reviews

Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews. Each briefing focuses on a different topic and pulls together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
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Research reports on case reviews

We've compiled a list of published research reports that analyse the details and recommendations from case reviews. These provide a valuable overview of common themes and highlight improvements for practice.

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Safeguarding through audit

A guide to help local safeguarding children boards in auditing case review recommendations.
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Case review process in UK nations

Each of the 4 nations have different guidance for carrying out and publishing case reviews.

England

In England serious case reviews are carried out when a child dies or is seriously injuried and abuse or neglect is thought to be involved.

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Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland case management reviews take place after a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is thought to be involved.

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Scotland

In Scotland a significant case review takes place after a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is thought to be involved.

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Wales

In Wales a child practice review takes place after a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is thought to be involved.

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Recently published case reviews

Case reviews published in 2016

A chronological list of the executive summaries or full overview reports of serious case reviews, significant case reviews or multi-agency child practice reviews published in 2016.
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Case reviews published in 2015

A chronological list of the executive summaries or full overview reports of serious case reviews, significant case reviews or multi-agency child practice reviews published in 2015.
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Case reviews published in 2014

A chronological list of the executive summaries or full overview reports of serious case reviews, significant case reviews or multi-agency child practice reviews published in 2014.
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Case reviews published in 2013

A chronological list of the executive summaries or full overview reports of serious case reviews, significant case reviews or multi-agency child practice reviews published in 2013.
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Improving the quality and use of serious case reviews

From April 2015 to March 2016 we worked with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) on a Department for Education (DfE) funded Learning into Practice project, piloting ways to improve the quality and use of serious case reviews (SCRs).

The project focused on

  • adding practitioner knowledge to an analysis of SCRs to identify practice issues relating to "inter-professional communication and decision making"
  • creating an Alliance of professional and leadership bodies to drive forwards improvements in practice
  • developing a set of quality markers to help support commissioners and reviewers through the SCR process
  • developing master classes for lead reviewers to build on their experience and knowledge around specific skills relevant to undertaking SCRs.

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Inter-professional communication and decision making

An overview and set of 14 briefings looking at practice issues identified in an analysis of 38 serious case reviews.
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Serious Case Review Quality Markers

A set of 18 quality markers and online tool to support LSCBs and reviewers in commissioning and conducting high quality case reviews.
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Support for professionals

CASPAR

Our Current Awareness Service for Practice, Policy And Research delivers free weekly email alerts to keep you up-to-date with all the latest safeguarding and child protection news.

CASPAR is currently being upgraded but you can still sign up by contacting our Information Service.

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Information Service

Our free service for people who work with children can help you find the latest policy, practice, research and news on child protection and related subjects.

For more information, call us or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

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Library catalogue

We hold the UK's largest collection of child protection resources and the only UK database specialising in published material on child protection, child abuse and child neglect.

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New in the Library

A free weekly email listing all of the new child protection publications added to our library collection.

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Helping you keep children safe

Read our guide for professionals and organisations on what we do and the ways we can work with you to protect children and prevent abuse and neglect.

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Impact and evidence hub

Find out how we evaluate and research the impact we’re making in protecting children, get tips and tools for researchers and access resources.

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Grow your child protection knowledge and skills with CPD certified courses delivered by our experts nationwide and online.
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Sharing knowledge to keep children safe

Read our guide to NSPCC Knowledge and Information Services to find out how we can help you with child protection queries, support your research, and help you learn and develop.

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