Safeguarding Adults Reviews
Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs)
One of the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board's core statutory duties is to conduct reviews in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act.
SARs provide opportunities to learn lessons when abuse or neglect is suspected to be a factor in the death or serious harm of an adult with care and support needs.
It is the responsibility of all partner agencies to make a referral for an SAR where there are reasonable grounds to consider the criteria may be met. Partner agencies should not draw their own conclusions on whether the criteria are met in borderline or unclear cases, but should make a referral to the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board's "Safeguarding Adult Review Advisory Panel" (SARAP).
SARAP receives all SAR referrals and consider whether the referral meets the criteria to conduct a SAR, or whether any other action should be carried out to ensure learning takes place.
Criteria for a SAR
The Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board must arrange a SAR when:
An adult with care and support needs (whether or not those needs are met by the Local Authority) in the Safeguarding Adults Board's area has died as a result of abuse or neglect (whether known or suspected) and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked together more effectively to protect the adult.
An adult with care and support needs (whether or not those needs are met by the Local Authority) in the Safeguarding Adults Board's area has not died, but it is known or suspected that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect, and there is concern the partner agencies could have worked together more effectively to protect the individual. Something can be considered serious abuse or neglect where, for example, the individual would have been likely to have died but for an intervention, or has suffered permanent harm or had reduced capacity or quality of life (whether because of physical or psychological effects) as a result of the abuse or neglect.
It is believed that there will be value (such as public interest) in doing so. This may be where a case can provide useful insights into the way organisations are working together to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect of adults, and can include exploring examples of good practice.