Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) were previously known as Serious Case Reviews. They are held when an adult with care and support needs dies or suffers significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding Adult Reviews are not inquiries into how someone died or suffered injury, or to find out who is responsible.
The SAB aims to share learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews widely with local organisations and through the London and National Safeguarding Network across London and nationally.
Section 44 of The Care Act 2014 requires Safeguarding Adults Boards to undertake a Safeguarding Adult Review when specific criteria are met. This is when abuse results in the death or significant and possibly life-changing harm of an adult with care and support needs.
Anyone may make a SAR referral, by completing the SAR referral form (MS Word, 17 KB). It is recommended that you refer to the SAR criteria contained in the SAB Richmond SAR Protocol 2018 (pdf, 1.6 MB).
Send your completed form by email to SAB@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk, or by post to:
Head of Safeguarding and Professional Services
Adult Social Care
The Town Hall Extension
Wandsworth High Street
The SAR Subgroup usually makes a decision relating to any SAR referral within four weeks of receipt, and will inform the referrer of the decision made.
The following reports explaining the outcomes of recent SARs have been anonymised. Any names and initials included in these documents are fictitous.
Seven-minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI. Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most services. Learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures. Their brief duration should also mean that they hold people’s attention, as well as giving managers something to share with their staff. The briefings will not have all the answers, but it is hoped that they will act as a catalyst to help teams and their managers to reflect on their practice and systems. The expectation is that team leaders will present briefings to their staff, on a regular basis.
Updated: 20 February 2019