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Findings from a thematic multi-disciplinary analysis of child practice reviews in Wales

Rees, Alyson ORCID:, Dehaghani, Roxanna ORCID:, Slater, Tom ORCID:, Swann, Rachel ORCID: and Robinson, Amanda ORCID: 2021. Findings from a thematic multi-disciplinary analysis of child practice reviews in Wales. Child Abuse Review 30 (2) , pp. 141-154. 10.1002/car.2679

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In this paper, we report findings from a qualitative, multidisciplinary analysis of 20 Child Practice Reviews (CPRs) (previously Serious Case Review) in Wales. The reviews were analysed from three different disciplinary perspectives: law, criminology and practice (social work). The following cross‐cutting themes were identified from our coding of the reviews: (i) hierarchy of knowledge, where certain sources of knowledge were privileged over others; (ii) information sharing/recording, where deficiencies of sharing or recording of information were evident; (iii) partial assessment, where certain assessments were not always holistic; and lastly, (iv) voice of the child, where the experience or perspective of the child was not always considered. In addition, our analysis revealed a range of challenges to the CPR process as implemented. This paper is the first to explore themes emerging from (Welsh) CPRs and is also the first to do so from a multidisciplinary perspective. We conclude by highlighting the recommendations for practice, such as the need for greater learning pan‐Wales, regular publication of the major themes emerging from CPRs and the need for deposit of CPRs in a central repository to facilitate learning from reviews.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0952-9136
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 25 September 2020
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2023 01:06

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