The Care Act 2014 (S44) introduced statutory Safeguarding Adult’s Reviews (previously known as Serious Case Reviews). This is one of the three core duties of a Safeguarding Adult’s Board (SAB). Local authorities are responsible for the establishment of SABs, and the Care Act 2014 specifies that there are three core members:
- the local authority
- clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
- the police
A SAB must include members who have sufficient seniority and leadership within their own agency to speak on its behalf, to commit resources and agree actions, and to represent their agency should the SAB need to hold it to account.
Sandwell SAB has a number of additional partners on its board to develop and actively promote a culture that recognises the values and principles contained in ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’
The prime purpose of a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults with care and support needs.
A Safeguarding Adult’s Board must arrange for there to be a review of a case involving an adult in its area with needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority has been meeting any of those needs) if:
The Safeguarding Adult’s Board knows or suspects that an adult has died of abuse or neglect, or is alive, but has experienced serious abuse or neglect; and there is reasonable cause for concern about how members of the Safeguarding Adult’s Board, or other persons with relevant functions worked together to safeguard the adult.
Each member of the Safeguarding Adult’s Board must co-operate in and contribute to the carrying out of a review in order to:
(a) identify the lessons to be learnt from the adult’s case, and
(b) apply those lessons to future cases.
Safeguarding Adults Reviews will usually result in an Executive Summary being produced which will be published on this website.
Sandwell Safeguarding Adult’s Board is in the process of re-writing its policies and procedures for SARS, but a draft Referral form can be found here.
This area will be updated when the policies and procedures have been completed.
Informal enquiries can be made to the Board Business Manager or Protection Lead on 0121 569 5790.
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