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.

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

From 22 January 2018, please use the revised joint LSAB and LSCB referral forms and chronology forms below. These revised forms have been agreed so that there is greater consistency of approach and information across both Children’s and Adults Boards. Please scrap any previous versions of referral forms that we have used up to now, and use this form from today for any new referrals to either the LSCB or the LSAB.

On receipt of a completed Referral Form the respective Partnership Support Team Administrator will complete Part 1 of the Referral Response Formand Part 1 of the Chronology Templateand then send these forms to the agencies involved in the case for the agency representatives to fill out and return to complete the scoping process.  Most of the information for Part 1 of the forms is able to be copied and pasted from the original Referral Form.

It would be helpful for agencies to only be asked to use this Chronology Template for any chronology completed linked to any sort of case review that is subsequently commissioned.  In the past different formats have been used by the two Boards, some agencies occasionally used their own versions of a chronology and some independent authors brought their own versions to use.  Hopefully by only using the one format agencies will get used to following the included guidance and we will get the info we need in the form we need it and maintain a consistent approach.

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