Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014. The site includes materials to support learning in practice for LSCBs, social work and early help, police and criminal justice, health and education practitioners.

Pathways to harm, pathways to protection (July 2016) analyses 293 Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents which occurred between 1 April 2011-31 March 2014. This is the fifth consecutive analysis of SCRs by this research team; together these reports cover 11 years from 2003-14. This ‘long view’ has allowed the team to build a picture of the nature and circumstances of serious and fatal maltreatment.In 2016-17 there are likely to be fundamental changes to the way in which multi-agency safeguarding is coordinated and SCRs are conducted, informed by the Wood review of LSCBs and Government’s response (May 2016) and the passage of the Children and Social Work Bill. Whatever the structural arrangements in future, the significant body of learning contained in this Triennial Analysis and the previous reports will remain an essential resource for everyone concerned to prevent and protect against the maltreatment of infants, children and young people.

Recorded webinar: Learning from the Triennial Analysis


In this online learning session, Marion Brandon and Peter Sidebotham share key findings from the study and analysis of 293 Serious Case Reviews between 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2014.
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Introductory video


Marian Brandon and Peter Sidebotham introduce the Triennial Analysis
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Systems Methodology


Peter Sidebotham introduces the systems methodology used in the Triennial Analysis
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