The Safeguarding Adults Board
What is a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR)?
Section 44 of the Care Act 2014 told SABs that it must arrange a SAR when there is concern that the SAB or partner agencies could have worked more effectively to safeguard an adult in its area with care and support needs in the following circumstances:
- The adult dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and
- The adult has not died, but the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.
The purpose of the SAR is not to blame agencies for any mistakes that may have been made. Its purpose is to learn lessons. A SAR should be completed by an independent person suitably qualified to look into what happened and make recommendations so that agencies can learn from events and make changes to ensure something similar does not happen again in future.
Some SAR’s are published some are not. This depends on the circumstances. Published SAR’s can be found on this website.
What if the criteria for a SAR are not met?
Where the SAB agrees that a situation does not meet the criteria but agencies will benefit from a review of actions other methodologies can be considered. These include:
- Serious Incident Review: Organisations should use their own if this is deemed suitable and special consideration should be given to the involvement of relevant partner organisations.
- Management Review: A review by an individual organisation in relation to their understanding and management of a particular safeguarding issue.
- Reflective Practice Session: The original participants in the case may review identified aspects of the case as part a reflective practice session chaired by the Safeguarding Lead or other such suitable person, including an independent facilitator.
- ‘Learning Together’: A collaborative scrutiny approach to a case.