Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)

A safeguarding adult review (SAR) 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: if you have current safeguarding concerns you will need to refer to the Local Authority Safeguarding Team (report now). 

Safeguarding Adult Reviews conducted by the SSASPB together with the lesson learned from those reviews can be found on our web site.

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 (497 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 (152 KB)

SAR 2 - SAR referral form (812 KB)

SAR 3a - Notification of SAR scoping panel (186 KB)

SAR 3b - Chronology template (265 KB)

SAR 4a - SAR criteria (187 KB)

SAR 4b - Parallel processes guidance (212 KB)

SAR 4c - SAR scope of the review (160 KB)

SAR 4d - SAR methodology options (276 KB)

SAR 5a - SAR action plan template (219 KB)

SAR 5b - Learning review action plan template (179 KB)

SAR 6 - SAR leaflet (189 KB)