Serious case reviews

John Fox

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It is hard to argue against the simple idea that if a child is deliberately killed or seriously harmed, society should do everything it can to learn whether safeguarding systems could be improved. The serious case review (SCR) process is fundamentally designed to do just that, yet it has become a much maligned in recent years, with some commentators believing it is a weak process and others believing it is too heavily focused on apportioning blame. Since its introduction 20 years ago as the standard method of inquiry into the circumstances leading to cases in which children died or been seriously harmed as a result of maltreatment, it has been possibly one of the most controversial aspects of the system used in England and Wales to safeguard children from abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEffective safeguarding for children and young people: what next after Munro?
EditorsM. Blythe, E. Solomon
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781447304906
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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