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Serious case reviews: Safeguarding trends and crucial lessons for schools

An analysis of serious case reviews offers vital insights into safeguarding trends as well as key lessons learnt that all safeguarding professionals should be aware of. Elizabeth Rose explains

The report Learning for the future: Final analysis of serious case reviews 2017 to 2019 was published in December and is the last document in a 21-year series of reports examining serious case reviews (SCR) into incidents where children have suffered non-fatal serious harm or died (DfE, 2022).

This final analysis looked at case reviews published between 2017 and 2019. It is the final report of this kind because SCR processes have now been replaced by a new system of rapid reviews, national reviews, and local child safeguarding practice reviews.

This final document, like the nine reports before it, shares findings and trends that are useful for anyone working with children to understand, as well as points for learning, consideration and development.

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