Safeguarding Adults Reviews
The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
The Care Act 2014 created a new legal framework for Adult Safeguarding. Section 44 of the Act requires Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB) to undertake a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) in specific circumstances and places a duty on all Board members to contribute in undertaking the review, sharing information and applying the lessons learnt.
The law requires local SABs to 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 person at risk.
The purpose of a SAR is not to hold any individual or organisation to account as there are other processes available for that purpose; they are about learning lessons for the future. SARs ensure that SABs get the full picture of what happened, so that all organisations involved can improve as a result.
This toolkit has been devised to assist staff across all agencies in understanding the aims and purpose of a SAR, including:
- When and how to refer.
- The correct forms to use.
- The SAR decision making tool.
- The types of review and methodologies that are available.
- A process flow chart for SARSG decisions and associated activity.
Multi-Agency Learning and Review Framework
The Multi-Agency Learning and Review Framework (Updated February 2017), which includes information on the SAR process and criteria, can be found below.
Making a Referral
If you would like to make a referral, please use the referral form below and email it to LSAB@iow.gov.uk .
Once this has been received, the LSAB Team will complete Part 1 of the Referral Response Form (below) and send this to the agencies involved with the individual to complete and return. This information will then be reviewed by the members of the SAR Sub-Group.
We will shortly be publishing a SAR Toolkit which will include everything you need to know about the SAR process.
Safeguarding Adult Reviews
Any SARs conducted by the IOWSAB will be published here: