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Learning from case review briefings

Last updated: 16 May 2024

Our thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews that are conducted when a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect are suspected.

Each briefing focuses on a different topic, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners understand and act upon the learning from case reviews.

This page sets out all the briefings we have produced so far, followed by an explanation of the process we use to pull these briefings together.

Download the learning from case review briefings

Types of abuse

Child sexual abuse
Child sexual exploitation
Domestic abuse
Harmful sexual behaviour
Online harm and abuse

Children or families at risk

Child mental health
Culture and faith
d/Deaf children and children who have disabilities
First generation immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees
Parents with a mental health problem
Parents with substance use problems
People whose first language is not English
Unseen men
Young parents

Professional practice

Disguised compliance
Multi-agency working and information sharing
Returning children home from care
Voice of the child

Learning for specific sectors

Early years sector
Voluntary agencies

Health sector

GPs and primary healthcare teams
Paediatrics and accident and emergency
Perinatal healthcare teams



The Learning from case review briefings are developed from the findings set out in published case reviews.

Case reviews are undertaken after a child dies or is seriously harmed, with the aim of identifying improvements needed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. They do not represent the experiences of all children who are harmed, or at risk of harm, due to abuse or neglect.

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Relevant case reviews are identified by searching the National Case Review Repository, the most comprehensive collection of publicly accessible case reviews in the UK.

> Find out more about the National Case Review Repository

Risk factors and associated learning for improved practice are pulled from a sample of the most recently published reviews. Each briefing includes a link to a full list of the case reviews sampled.

Key points from the sampled case reviews are summarised in a Learning from case review briefing, to enable practitioners and managers to easily access the latest learning.