Case reviews National case review repository

Woman with a notepad and penIn November 2013 we launched the national case review repository, in collaboration with the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs.

The repository provides a single place for published case reviews to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

The repository is accessible via the NSPCC library online, which has over 600 case reviews and inquiry reports dating back to 1945.

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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How published reports are added to the national repository

  1. Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in England are asked to submit newly published case review reports via library@nspcc.org.uk.
  2. Newly published serious case reviews will be catalogued and an electronic version stored in the NSPCC Library Online.
  3. Copyright of the published reports remains with the publishing LSCB.
  4. We will send an acknowledgement email to the LSCB to let them know that the report has been added to the repository.
  5. We will request if other case review reports commissioned after 10 June 2010 may also be deposited within the repository.
  6. LSCBs may submit other learning and case review reports for inclusion in the NSPCC library collection if they wish, in the spirit of sharing their learning more widely.
  7. We are able to publish reports anonymously on behalf of the LSCB and would welcome conversations with LSCBs about this.
  8. Case review reports will remain available electronically for five years (subject to any specific legal rulings), after which the link to the electronic version will be removed, but the catalogue record will remain.
  9. Access to the electronic versions of the case review reports stored by the NSPCC will only be available by searching the NSPCC Library Online. They will not be retrieved via a Google search.

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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Improving the quality and use of serious case reviews

Practical tools to help improve the quality and use of serious case reviews and reports sharing what we've learnt from our joint project with SCIE, funded by the DfE.
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