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What is a Safeguarding Adults Review?

One of the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) core statutory duties is to conduct safeguarding adults reviews in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act.

  1. SABs must arrange a SAR when an adult in its area 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. SABs must also arrange a SAR if an adult in its area has not died, but the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.

The purpose of a Safeguarding Adults Review is to learn the lessons about how professionals and organisations work together, and to consider how the learning can be used to improve practice for others in the future.

It is the responsibility of all partner agencies to make a referral for an Safeguarding Adult Review where there are reasonable grounds to consider the criteria for an Safeguarding Adult Review may be met. Partner agencies should not draw their own conclusions on whether the criteria is met in borderline or unclear cases, but should make a referral to the Safeguarding Adult Review Group.

The Safeguarding Adult Review Group will receive all SAR referrals and consider whether the referral meets the criteria to conduct a review, or whether any other action should be carried out to ensure learning takes place.

IMPORTANT – do not use the SAR Referral form to make a safeguarding adult referral. To make a referral please ring 01733 747474

Upon completion of an SAR, the executive summary and the associated action plan will be published on this page and the lessons learnt disseminated to relevant staff

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