Safeguarding Adults Reviews
The Care Act 2014 introduces statutory Safeguarding Adults Reviews (previously known as Serious Case Reviews), mandates when they must be arranged and gives Safeguarding Adult Boards flexibility to choose a proportionate methodology.
A protocol has been developed in the light of the Care Act 2014 and the guidance contained within Chapter 14. This is available on the Multi Agency Policy & Procedure web page Multi Agency Safeguarding Policy and Procedures & supporting guidance
Safeguarding Adult Review's (SARs) should seek to determine what the relevant agencies and individuals involved in the case might have done differently that could have prevented harm or death. This is so that lessons can be learned from the case and those lessons applied in practice to prevent similar harm occurring again.
The purpose of the reviews are not to hold any individual or organisation to account. Other processes exist for that, including criminal proceedings, disciplinary procedures, employment law and systems of service and professional regulation, such as CQC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, and the General Medical Council.
It is vital, if individuals and organisations are to be able to learn lessons from the past, that reviews are trusted and safe experiences that encourage honesty, transparency and sharing of information to obtain maximum benefit from them. If individuals and their organisations are fearful of SARs their response will be defensive and their participation guarded and partial.