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Triennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews (2011-2014): Practice briefing for education practitioners

This briefing is based on the findings of the Triennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews 2011-2014 (hereafter, ‘the report’) (Sidebotham et al, 2016), the fifth national analysis of serious case reviews (SCRs).

It highlights the key safeguarding issues, challenges and implications for practice that have emerged from analysis of the SCRs for those working in education and early years settings and related services.

The briefing is intended for use in personal and team development; to support individuals and teams to develop their awareness of the issues and implications for practice and to generate discussion and planning about ways in which the learning can be applied to your setting or service.

The briefing is relevant to school staff in all roles and to governors, proprietors and management committees in all schools, including pupil referral units, academies and free schools, as well as sixth-form and further education colleges. It is also relevant to education welfare teams, educational psychologists and others in local authority areas with responsibilities relating to education (eg, home education). School nurses may find it helpful to read the briefing for health practitioners also.

This is one in a series of five briefings based on the findings of the report, each providing a summary of learning and key messages for different groups. The other briefings are written for:

> Local Safeguarding Children Boards

> Health practitioners

> The police and criminal justice agency practitioners

> Social workers and family support workers.