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A study of recommendations arising from serious case reviews 2009-2010

University of East Anglia
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A study of recommendations arising from serious case reviews 2009-2010 Research Report DFE-RR157 A study of recommendations arising from serious case reviews 2009- 2010 Marian Brandon Peter Sidebotham Sue Bailey Pippa Belderson University of East Anglia University of Warwick This research report was commissioned before the new UK Government took office on 11 May 2010. As a result the content may not reflect current Government policy and may make reference to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) which has now been replaced by the Department for Education (DFE). The views expressed in this report are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department for Education. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The research team would like to extend our thanks to the Department for Education for their support in overseeing this project, particularly Jenny Gray, Isabella Craig and Julie Wilkinson. Thanks are also due to the advisory group for their helpful advice and suggestions and to Jane Black from Norfolk LSCB and Ruth Pearson from Sheffield University for offering advice during the final drafting phase of the study. AUTHORS Dr Marian Brandon, Sue Bailey and Dr Pippa Belderson are members of the Centre for Research on the Child and Family in the School of Social Work and Psychology at the University of East Anglia, Dr Peter Sidebotham is a member of the Health Sciences Research Institute at the University of Warwick. CONTENTS Executive Summary 1 Chapter 1: Literature Context, Aims and Methodology 6 Chapter 2: The number of recommendations 10 Chapter 3: Thematic analysis of recommendations 13 Chapter 4: Matching the themes of the cases to the recommendations made 36 Chapter 5: A critique of the ‘SMART’ approach to recommendations and action pla

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