Serious Case Reviews

What is a Serious Case Review?

Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) are statutory multi-agency reviews undertaken when a child or adult dies (including suicide), or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death.

Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out the purpose and process of a SCR. It is an analysis, not only of one event, but the series of events leading to the crisis. The purpose is as not to blame, but to improve services.

Learning from local child SCRs

Learning from local adult SCRs

Summaries of learning from Serious Case Reviews in England are published every two years. Ofsted is currently responsible for publishing the summaries of learning from SCRs.