Serious Case Reviews Masterclasses

SCR lead reviewers have a key role in producing high quality SCRs, which provide a good understanding of practice problems. There are currently limited opportunities for continuing professional development for reviewers.

As part of the Learning into Practice Project, we proposed that the activity of reviewing needs further professionalisation. To test this concept, we developed a set of masterclasses to support reviewers to tackle various aspects of the role that are challenging.

The four masterclasses aim to introduce key ideas from these different fields and give SCR reviewers to consider their relevance. Find out more below.

The material from these masterclasses is being published to assist SCR lead reviewers with their SCR practice. It should not be used to deliver training without seeking permission from Social Care Institute for Excellence (masterclasses 1–3 or Sequeli (masterclass 4).


  1. How approaches to qualitative research can support analysis in SCRs
  2. The application of systems thinking to Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and other reviews
  3. Group work and facilitation; getting the best out of groups in the SCR process
  4. Disclosure and parallel proceedings: conducting a robust review