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New learning from serious case reviews

Learning from serious case reviews (local enquiries into the death or serious injury of a child where abuse or neglect are known or suspected) is acknowledged to be important. This is the sixth two yearly national analysis of such reviews (from 1 April 2009 - 31 March 2011) and the fourth undertaken by this research team. It produces a number of new insights alongside the recurring messages for practice. It also adds to our cumulative research knowledge of these cases helping to identify patterns and deviations from patterns over time.