Research review - Serious case reviews
Author: Roger Bullock, fellow, Dartington Centre for Social Policy updated by Dr Marian Brandon, Reader in Social Work, University of East Anglia
Last Updated: 12 February 2013
Publication Date: 01 June 2007
When and why are serious case reviews undertaken?
TABLE 1: A comparison of the children and families in studies from Scotland, Northern
Ireland and England
Figure 1: Age profile of different categories of maltreatment related deaths (Brandon
et al., 2009:32)
What can be learnt from serious case reviews?
How reviews are undertaken
The product of reviews
Management and practice weaknesses identified in the studies
All four UK nations undertake local reviews whenever a child dies and abuse and neglect are known or suspected to be a factor in the death.
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