Analysis of Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) for the education sector (2020)

This is a summary of the learning for the education sector from the report: Complexity and challenge: triennial analysis of SCRs 2014-2017, (Department for Education (DfE), 2020). The analysis brings together key trends and emerging themes arising from reviews that were conducted following the death of a child, or instance of a child coming to serious harm, as a result of abuse or neglect.

Education professionals who should understand this learning include:

Introduction to the analysis of SCRs for the education sector


This section defines Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and walks through some evidence and emerging themes.

Analysis of neglect in SCRs for the educaiton sector


Neglect is the most common initial category of abuse for children on a child protection plan. See case examples and key considerations.

Analysis of adolescents in SCRs for the educaiton sector


Explore signals to look out for through focused topics and case examples, as well as the types of issues are likely to appear.

Analysis of multi-agency working in SCRs for the educaiton sector

Multi-agency working

Understand the role of multi-agency working and its importance in successfully safeguarding children.