Learning from child protection Serious Case Reviews in England: A critical appraisal


  • Nick Frost Leeds Beckett University




This article explores the key role of Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) in the English child protection system. After exploring the relevant regulation and guidance it is argued that the impact of these reviews on the child protection system has been largely negative. Research and empirical data contradict the dominant narrative that the child protection system is ‘failing’. An alternative approach is proposed which would allow for learning from child deaths whilst avoiding the negative and damaging impact of the current system.

Author Biography

Nick Frost, Leeds Beckett University

Professor of Social Work (Childhood, children and families)


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How to Cite

Frost, N. (2016). Learning from child protection Serious Case Reviews in England: A critical appraisal. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 18(3), 12-21. https://doi.org/10.1921/swssr.v18i3.955