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National Case Review Collection: a repository of published reports

The national case review repository launched in November 2013 and has developed into the National Case Review Collection, the most comprehensive collection of case reviews in the UK. It provides a single place to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level.

The repository has over 2,000 case reviews from across the UK dating back to 1945, and thematic analysis reports from all four nations.

Our information specialists write summaries and add keywords to each report added to our library catalogue to enable professionals to find case reviews on particular themes and issues.

Access the National Collection of Case Reviews

How case reviews are added to the National Collection

We encourage safeguarding partners in England and their equivalents in the other nations to submit newly published case review reports for addition to the collection via

To receive a monthly email about the new case reviews added to the collection sign up to Case Reviews Update.

How to find a case review

The National Case Review Collection can be searched and accessed via the NSPCC Library catalogue.

Many case reviews are available to read online as PDFs directly through the library catalogue. Print reference copies of all case reviews in the collection are available via appointment in the NSPCC Library in London.

You can browse through our reading list of all case reviews.

Or you can search on a particular theme or issue or for a specific case review.

Use Advanced search and select ‘Case review’ under Media type. Use the drop-down list of fields to search for:

  • any word across All fields
  • a local safeguarding partnership as Publisher
  • a named author
  • year of publication
  • keywords for specific topics. Keywords you may find useful include:
  • child abuse; child neglect; child sexual abuse; physical abuse; family violence; child criminal exploitation; child sexual exploitation
  • child deaths; infant deaths; injuries; head injuries; sleeping behaviour; suicide
  • England; Northern Ireland; Scotland; Wales.

You can search across multiple fields together (for example year and author) by using the plus icon + to add another line.

For help with searching or to visit the NSPCC Library in London email

Access the National Collection of Case Reviews


Learning from case review briefings

Case reviews contain important lessons about how professionals can improve practice to better protect children.

We produce a series of briefings to highlight the learning from case reviews on a particular theme. The briefings summarise risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners act upon the learning.

> View the learning from case review briefings

For more support on how to apply the learning from case reviews and embed this into your practice we offer a one-day training course.

> Book training on learning from case reviews