SCR Repository

The National repository of published serious case reviews is a collaboration between the Association and NSPCC. The aim is to hold all case reviews in a central location, so the learning contained within them is easier to access, more information.

Serious case reviews provide valuable lessons about how organisations are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. However despite organisational efforts to learn from serious cases, there is longstanding concern that the same issues are being identified again and again. The NSPCC’s information service will continue to catalogue the published case reviews, including a summary and keywords. This allows reports to be retrieved by theme (e.g. domestic abuse; parental mental health issues). The catalogue record will include either a link to the LSCB website, or a link to an electronic version stored within the library catalogue. 

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In addition, the NSPCC’s information service is developing a series of “at a glance” case review learning analyses focussed on recurring themes, such as parental substance misuse and domestic abuse. These analyses are intended as brief summaries of key learning written for practitioners and presented in an easily digestible format.


  • LSCBs are asked to submit newly published SCR reports via
  • Newly published serious case reviews will be catalogued and an electronic version stored in the NSPCC library catalogue
  • Copyright of the published reports remains with the publishing LSCB
  • The NSPCC will send an acknowledgement email to the LSCB to let them know that the report has been added to the Repository
  • The NSPCC will request if other SCR reports commissioned after 10 June 2010 may also be deposited with the Repository
  • The NSPCC will work with the Association of Independent Chairs to ensure the collection held by the NSPCC Library is complete and comprehensive
  • LSCBs may submit other learning and case review reports for inclusion in the NSPCC library collection if they wish, in the spirit of sharing their learning more widely.
  • The NSPCC is able to publish reports anonymously on behalf of the LSCB and would welcome conversations with LSCBs about this
  • Serious case review reports will remain available electronically for 5 years (subject to any specific legal rulings), after which the link to the electronic version will be removed, but the catalogue record will remain

Access to the electronic versions of the SCR reports stored by the NSPCC will only be available by searching the NSPCC library online. They would not be retrieved via a Google search.

For further details contact: or call 020 7825 2706.