Complexity and challenge: A triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014-2017 analyses 368 Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2017. This is the sixth consecutive analysis of SCRs by this research team; together these reports cover 14 years from 2003-2017.

The Triennial Analysis full report

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Complexity and challenge: a triennial analysis of SCRs 2014-2017

In this Webinar, Marion Brandon and Peter Sidebotham introduce key messages from the Complexity and challenge: triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014-17 final report, published by the Department for Education (March 2020).












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Systems Methodology

Peter Sidebotham introduces the systems methodology used in the Triennial Analyses.

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaced LSCBs with more flexible local arrangements led by three safeguarding partners: local authorities, the police (Chief Officers of Police) and health (Clinical Commissioning Groups). SCRs will no longer be commissioned but under new arrangements being introduced the learning they capture remains vitally important for everyone concerned to prevent and protect against the maltreatment of children and young people.

Reports from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel can be found here.

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