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:
- leaders and trustees of multi-academy trusts
- leaders and governors of schools and settings
- Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) and Designated Teachers for Looked After children
- staff working directly with children in early years and foundation stage provision, primary and secondary schools, alternative provision settings and colleges.
This section defines Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and walks through some evidence and emerging themes.
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- Children Act (HM Government, 2004)
- Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of Serious Case Reviews 2011 to 2014 (Department for Education, 2016)
- Working together to safeguard children (Department for Education, 2018)
- Complexity and challenge: a triennial analysis of SCRs 2014-2017 (Department for Education, 2020)
Further reading Open
- Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (Department for Education, 2019)
- Boys and young men at risk of sexual exploitation: A toolkit for professionals (The Children’s Society, 2018)
- Children and young people presenting with harmful sexual behaviours. A toolkit for professionals (The Children’s Society, 2018)
- Protecting children from harmful sexual behaviour (NSPCC, 2019)
- Learning from Serious Case Reviews for education (Social Care Institute for Excellence, 2019)
- Safeguarding children in education: children missing education (Social Care Institute for Excellence, 2020)
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