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Serious Case Review Quality Markers

Achieving a good quality Serious Case Review process and report is challenging. As part of the Learning into Practice Project we developed a set of Quality Markers to support commissioners and reviewers to commission and conduct high quality reviews.

Covering the whole process, the 18 Quality Markers provide a consistent and robust approach to SCRs. They are based on established principles of effective reviews as well as SCR practice expertise, and ethical considerations.

About Serious Case Review Quality Markers

How they help | How they have been developed | How the quality markers are presented | How they can be used

Review setup


  • Referral
  • Decision making
  • Advising board members
  • Informing the family
  • Clarity of purpose

Running the review


  • Commissioning
  • Governance
  • SCR management
  • Parallel processes
  • Assembling information
  • Practitioner involvement
  • Family involvement
  • Analysis

Review outputs

  • Report
  • Improvement action
  • Board written response
  • Publication
  • Implementation and evaluation