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Safeguarding Adults Reviews

One of the three core statutory duties belonging to Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) is to conduct Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act 2014, identifying lessons to be learnt from serious safeguarding cases and using them to improve how partner agencies work together to safeguard adults. 

Section 44 sets out the criteria for a serious safeguarding case that, if met, place a mandatory requirement on SABs to undertake a SAR: 

  • an adult has died or been seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is known or suspected; 
  • the adult has care and support needs (whether or not the local authority has been meeting any of those needs); and 
  • there is reasonable cause for concern about how agencies and organisations worked together to safeguard the adult.

Section 44 also provides SABs with a mandate to undertake discretionary SARs of cases involving any adult with care and support needs (whether or not the local authority has been meeting those needs). 

Anyone in Havering who is aware of an incident that may meet the criteria for a serious safeguarding case should make a SAR referral using the request form. 

Please see below for the Terms of Reference for our joint Adult and Children Case Review Working Group (CRWG) which oversees local serious incidents involving children and adults

HSCP HSAB Case Review WG ToR V4 Final

The flowchart for Serious Incidents (SI) is shown below