Case reviews show that language barriers can sometimes prevent professionals from effectively assessing, supporting and protecting families. Good communication is key to relationships between professionals and service users. A lack of a common language presents a significant barrier to building trust.
The learning from these reviews highlights that efforts should always be made to ascertain the first language of service users, and suitable measures be put in place to make sure their views can be expressed.
Published: March 2014
Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews conducted when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. Each briefing focuses on a different topic or learning for specific sectors, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
We work with local safeguarding partners to ensure that learning from case reviews can be accessed and shared at a local, regional and national level.
Find out how you can apply the lessons from case reviews and improve your practice to help protect children and young people.
Browse through our list of child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews which were added to the National case review repository between 2017 and 2023.
Lessons from case reviews published since 2010, where parents and/or children who were not born in the UK were the subject of the review.
How we label those who need our services can be a barrier to engagement. This blog post explores the issues around the phrase “hard to reach” and discusses how services can increase accessibility.