Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)

A Safeguarding Adult Review is a multi-agency process that considers whether or not serious harm experienced by an adult, or group of adults at risk of abuse or neglect, could have been predicted or prevented. The process identifies learning that enables the partnership to improve services and prevent abuse and neglect in the future.

Please note that if you have current safeguarding concerns you will need to refer to the Local Authority Safeguarding Team (report now). 


SSASPB 'Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) Protocol'

The SSASPB SAR process is only relevant to an adult with care and support needs in the area if:

a) there is reasonable cause for concern about how the SAB, members of it or other persons with relevant functions worked together to safeguard the adult

and either of the following conditions are met—

b1) The adult has died, and the SAB knows or suspects that the death resulted from abuse or neglect (whether or not it knew about or suspected the abuse or neglect before the adult died)


b2) The adult is still alive, and the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.


The SAR Protocol (737 KB) sets out the criteria for conducting a SAR and outlines options for the methodology used for these learning reviews.  The guidance and templates highlight roles and responsibilities within the process and clarify governance arrangements.

Please take the time to review the supporting appendices and if you wish to make a referral for consideration, complete a SAR referral form (SAR 2) and return to

Supporting SAR Protocol Appendices:

SAR 1 - SAR Threshold (276 KB)
SAR 2 - SAR Referral Form (811 KB)
SAR 3a - Notification of SAR Referral (453 KB)
SAR 3b - SAR Information Request (597 KB)
SAR 4a - Notification of Scoping Panel (462 KB)
SAR 4b - Chronology Template (660 KB)
SAR 5a - SAR Criteria (551 KB)
SAR 5b - SAR Parallel Processes guidance (570 KB)
SAR 5c - SAR Scope of the Review (438 KB)
SAR 5d - SAR Methodology Options (620 KB)
SAR 6a - SAR Action Plan Template (604 KB)
SAR 6b - Learning Review Action Plan Template (469 KB)
SAR 7 - SSASPB Leaflet explaining the purpose of a SAR (713 KB)