Working together to safeguard adults with care and support needs

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)


Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) are now a statutory duty under the Care Act for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) to undertake.

 

This is when:

  1. an adult dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult.

  2. an adult is still alive but has experienced serious neglect or abuse and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult.

Purpose

The purpose of having a Safeguarding Adult Review is not to reinvestigate or to apportion blame, it is to:

  1. establish whether there are any lessons to be learnt from the circumstances of the case, about the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to safeguard adults,

  2. review the effectiveness of procedures,

  3. inform and improve local inter-agency practice,

  4. improve practice by acting on learning, and,

  5. highlight good practice.