Case reviews highlight that the warning signs of teenage suicide are often overlooked as typical adolescent behaviour. This means that young people are not always receiving the help that they need.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals should take young people’s suicide talk seriously and work hard to engage with and support young people.
This briefing is based on reviews published since 2010, where the young people involved have made an attempt on or taken their own lives and the reports were sufficiently detailed to be useful for identifying and sharing learning points.
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.
Learn when mental health issues become safeguarding concerns and how to support the children and young people you work with.
Guidance on how to prepare for having difficult conversations with children and young people and what you need to keep in mind when discussing sensitive topics.