Focus Group: Learning from SCRs

We have been approached by a PHD student from Sussex University to help her with research for her thesis: The systems approach to Serious Case Reviews: Has it improved learning?

The researcher is looking for participants to take part in a short focus group on Thursday 9 November at 1pm, and is interested in speaking to professionals from a range of agencies who have, and have not, been involved in the SCR process.

A Serious Case Review should be carried out for every case where a child dies, or is seriously harmed, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected,  or there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child. It is important if Brighton & Hove is to become a safer place for children to live for everyone to embrace the learning from reviews and take the necessary steps to help put right the issues identified. Any review should enable local partner agencies to be clear about their responsibilities, to learn from experience and improve services as a result.

If you are available to take part in this focus group, or would like further information, please email us at

You can read more about our SCRs at and we will be holding some briefing sessions this winter to discuss the learning from the reports published this year.