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.

If you would like to make a referral, please use the referral form below and email it to

Once this has been received, the LSAB Business Unit will issue a Referral Response Form 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.

IOW SAB Referral Form (July 2024)

Details of SAR reports and a link to the National SAR Library are located in our Resources section