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Serious Case Reviews (children)

A Serious Case Review (SCR) is held when a child has died and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the child's death.

Reviews may also be held when a child has been seriously injured through abuse or neglect, and where those who know about the child's circumstances believe that lessons could be learned to avoid a similar situation arising in the future. The review carefully considers the circumstances surrounding the death which took place prior to the incident.

This means that most child deaths do not lead to Serious Case Reviews. However, it is important to remember that the death of a child is always tragic and we must take whatever steps we can to avoid a similar incident happening in the future.

The government provides advice and guidance on conducting a Serious Case Review to all the agencies that work with children. These are contained in 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' Chapter 4 Learning and Improvement Framework.

SCRs and other case reviews should be conducted in a way which:

  • Recognises the complex circumstances in which professionals work together to safeguard children 
  • Seeks to understand precisely who did what and the underlying reasons that led individuals and organisations to act as they did 
  • Seeks to understand practice from the viewpoint of the individuals and organisations involved at the time rather than using hindsight
  • Is transparent about the way data is collected and analysed
  • Makes use of relevant research and case evidence to inform the findings.

For more information about the process please see our document 'Children's Serious Case Reviews – what are they and what do they do?'.

Serious Case Reviews: overview reports

Serious Case Reviews: Summary briefing notes

Coventry Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)


Tel: 024 7683 2568


Room 123
Broadgate House

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