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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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