The Safeguarding Adults Review Process

A Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) is a multi-agency review which seeks to determine what relevant agencies and individuals involved could have done differently, that could have prevented Serious abuse or neglect or a death from taking place.

The Care Act 2014 states that Safeguarding Adult Boards (SABs) must arrange a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) when:

  1. an adult in its area dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, or
  2. the adult is still alive, and the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect, and
  3. there is concern that partner agencies could have worked together more effectively to protect the adult from harm.

This is a statutory responsibility.

The purpose of a SAR is not to apportion blame. It is to promote effective learning and improvement to prevent future deaths or serious harm occurring again.

The objectives include establishing:

  • lessons that can be learnt from how professionals and their agencies work together
  • how effective the safeguarding procedures are
  • learning and good practice
  • how to improve local inter-agency practice
  • service improvement or development needs for one or more service or agency.

Lessons learnt are shared to maximise the opportunity to better safeguard adults with care and support needs, who are or may be at risk of abuse or neglect. The Care Act 2014 requires that lessons learnt are published in the Annual Report following the conclusion of the review.

If you think an adult has died or is experiencing serious abuse or neglect and that local partner organisations could have worked more effectively to prevent this, please complete a SAR referral.

The Surrey Safeguarding Adult Board have published guidance materials for members of the public.

SSAB Guide to Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR)

The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board publishes SARs following completion of its review. Published SARs