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Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)

The Care Act 2014 states that Safeguarding Adult Boards have a statutory responsibility to arrange a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) when an adult dies as a result of abuse or neglect (whether known or suspected), or where there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively together to protect the adult.

The overall purpose of a SAR is to promote learning and improve practice. It is not to re-investigate or to apportion blame and is usually carried out after all other lines of enquiry have been concluded. You can view each of our published SARs and Learning Reviews, along with the accompanying Learning Briefings and podcasts on the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board website.

This protocol describes when to refer a case for consideration as a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR), as well as providing guidance on the SAR process itself.

Last updated: 04 July 2024