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Safeguarding Adult Reviews

What is a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR)?

The Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board may carry out a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR), as outlined in Section 44 of the Care Act 2014, when a vulnerable adult has died or been seriously harmed, and abuse or neglect is suspected. In such cases a SAR will be commissioned where there has been multi-agency involvement and it is believed that there are lessons to be learnt about how organisations have worked together to prevent similar deaths or injuries happening in the future. SARs look at how local organisations have worked together to provide services to the vulnerable adult(s) who is/are subject to review. A SAR is completely separate from any investigation being undertaken by the police or coroner.

Who undertakes Safeguarding Adult Reviews?

Safeguarding Adults Reviews involve people from the various organisations who were involved with the vulnerable adult. There will be a Chair who is independent and someone responsible for writing the final report, known as the Overview Report Author. At the end of the process the final report is produced which is agreed by the Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board.

How long will the review take?

The review should be completed within 6 months of the decision being taken to start the review. Sometimes this timescale needs to be extended.

How are families involved?

Families and close friends and carers, where relevant and appropriate, will be given the opportunity to share their views and comment on the services the adult at risk received. They will be contacted to offer to arrange a meeting by those undertaking the review. If wanted a named person will be available to answer questions, update the family on progress and support them on any specific concerns. When the review is complete there will be a follow on meeting offered to outline the findings and recommendations of the review. Families will also be provided with a copy of the executive summary.

Safeguarding Adult Review publications

In March 2019 we conducted a Safeguarding Adult Review, you can read the executive summary below.  

Ms A SAR - Executive Summary March 2019

National Safeguarding Adult Reviews

We can learn from local and national SARs that have been conducted and are now published, some of which you can find below.   

Joanna, Jon and Ben (Norfolk) - September 2021

Adult C - SAR related to Domestic Abuse (East Sussex) - December 2020

Oxfordshire SAR on homeless deaths - November 2020

Victoria - SAR relating to fire death (Bexley) - July 2020 

Mr Tyrone Goodyear (Lewisham) - May 2020

The story of Paul, a Safeguarding Adult Review Learning Event (Bexley) - March 2020

Report of the discretionary Safeguarding Adults Review regarding Adult B (East Sussex) - February 2020

Mr Michael Thompson (Lewisham) - July 2018

Cedric Skyers, fire related SAR in care home (Lewisham) - July 2017 

Further SAR examples can be found in the National SAR library below. 

Useful Information

2019 Triennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews: Local safeguarding partnerships - July 2020

This briefing summarises themes emerging from the 2019 Triennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews 2014-17, presenting key messages for local safeguarding partnerships.


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