Formerly known as Serious Case Reviews (SCR), Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) are now a statutory duty under the Care Act for Safeguarding Adult Boards to undertake. A SAR is completed when:
- 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.
- 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.
SARs are a way for all agencies of the partnership to identify the lessons that can be learned from particularly complex or difficult safeguarding adults cases and to implement changes to improve services in the light of these lessons. The main objectives of the report are to:
- To 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,
- To review the effectiveness of procedures,
- To inform and improve local inter-agency practice,
- To improve practice by acting on learning, and,
- To highlight good practice.
The purpose of having an SAR is not to reinvestigate or to apportion blame. It is an opportunity to derive learning for all agencies involved and to make changes to practices in the future.
Report summaries and recommendations from Safeguarding Adult Reviews as well as guidance and policy documents are published below:
- Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Toolkit
- Michael Preston-Shoot Thematic Review of South West SCR/SARs- October 2017
- SCR A
- SCR B
- SCR D
- SCR F
- SCR H
- SAR O
- Thematic Review
- SAR T
- SAR Z
- SAR Z family response