Case Reviews

The ISCP review cases where a child has died or been seriously harmed and lessons for improvement of multi-agency working could be identified. Any situation where a child has died or been seriously harmed is tragic. We owe it to those children to identify things that could be improved or done differently and possibly prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Serious case reviews published in 2016

Child X

pdf icon Serious Case Review - Child X - Executive Summary [319kb]

Child/Adult Y

pdf icon Serious Case Review - Child/Adult Y - Executive Summary [360kb]

Lessons from local case reviews

The ISCP conduct case reviews at a lower level than serious case reviews when it is recognised there might be some learning for multi-agency practice. Learning from these cases is disseminated to relevant services through case review action plans and multi-agency training. The ISCP also produce research briefings to highlight learning from local and national reviews.

ISCP Briefings

pdf icon The impact of delay and drift [329kb]

pdf icon Sudden Infant Death [335kb]

pdf icon Child sexual abuse [332kb]

Lessons from national case reviews

The triennial analysis of serious case reviews

The triennial analysis of serious case reviews: 'Pathways to harm, pathways to protection', was published by the UK Government, Department for Education in July 2016. It builds on the learning from previous biennial analyses by the research team from the University of East Anglia and the University of Warwick.

It is available to download here.

More information and supporting materials can be found on the Research in Practice, Serious Case Reviews website:

The NSPCC national case review repository

The NSPCC national case review repository publishes case reviews, briefings and thematic analyses of case reviews.


pdf icon Case reviews March 2017 [1Mb]

pdf icon Case reviews Feb 2017 [1Mb]

pdf icon Case reviews Dec 2016/Jan 2017 [2Mb]

pdf icon Case reviews Oct/Nov 2016 [249kb]

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