Complexity and challenge: A triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014-2017.

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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.

There are a number of common themes running through this review that were also present in previous reviews. Two emerging themes that were particularly noticeable in this review were:

  • The complex and cumulative nature of neglect, often in a context of poverty
  • New and emerging threats of harm to adolescents

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaces 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.

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.

Systems Methodology


Peter Sidebotham introduces the systems methodology used in the Triennial Analysis
Also viewable online via Adobe Connect

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