Learning from Reviews

We are committed to supporting practitioners and organisations to improve practice and achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.

Reviewing professional practice, alongside personal reflection, allows for the identification of learning and best practice. Reviews can range from case audits and best practice reviews, through to lessons learnt and serious case reviews (SCRs) and can be undertaken using a range of methodology. However the purpose is the same, to identify how to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.

The following information provides a summary of learning from multi-agency reviews. The learning highlights specific themes and identifies how practitioners can implement the learning to improve practice.

Click on the pink titles below to be taken to each Learning from Review.

Appreciative Inquiries:

Early help planning


  • Child and family centred approach
  • Early Help 
  • Getting the basics right
  • Professional confidence & mutual respect
  • Strengths-based approach to learning


Joint Targeted Area Inspections:

Children’s Mental Health


  • Mental health diagnoses and medication  
  • Placements
  • Crisis response versus stability
  • Multi-agency working
  • Different and competing statutory processes 
  • Relationships with practitioners
  • Parent / carer relationships
  • Education
  • Engagement and support offer 
  • Stability
  • Voice and influence
Domestic Abuse                                  


  • Domestic abuse and violence
  • Holistic picture
  • Engagement with children, young people and families
  • Responding to children’s individual needs
  • Abuse in relationships between young people
  • Joint working
  • Forced marriage


  • Parental difficulties
  • Chronic neglect
  • Responding to children’s individual needs
  • Joint working between agencies

Serious Case Reviews:

Child B


  • Risk assessments
  • Attendance at meetings
  • Positive relationships
Child E Themes:
  • Divergence of professional views around care plan planning
  • Importance of explaining rationale for decision making
  • Concerns resolution process
  • Dynamic risk analysis of potential significant harm to children
Thematic Learning


  • Coercive control
  • Assessments
  • Realtionship breakdown
  • Men presenting in crisis
  • Family members as assumed protective factors
  • Compleity