What is a SAR?

A Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) is a multi-agency review conducted by a Local Safeguarding Adults Board that The Care Act 2014 must take place when:

14.122.   SABs must arrange a SAR when an adult in its area dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult.

14.123.   SABs must also arrange a SAR if the same circumstances apply where an adult is still alive but has experienced serious neglect or abuse. SABs are free to arrange for a SAR in other situations where it believes that there will be value in doing so. This may be where a case can provide useful insights into the way organisations are working together to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect of adults, and can include exploring examples of good practice.

LSABs may also arrange for a SAR in any other situations involving an adult in its area with needs for care and support. (The Care Act 2014, s14.134).

A Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) is a multi-agency review process which seeks to determine what relevant agencies and individuals involved could have done differently that could have prevented harm or a death from taking place.  The purpose of a SAR is to promote effective learning and improvement, not to apportion blame.

The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board is responsible for the commissioning of Safeguarding Adult Reviews as directed under The Care Act 2014 and conducts SARs in accordance with the BSAB SAR Protocol.

BSAB SAR Protocol 2017 (updated June 2018)

SAR Process appendices


How to refer a case for SAR

If you believe that a case meets the criteria for SAR, please complete this form and email to bsab@bristol.gcsx.gov.uk. You will need a secure email address to do this; if you do not have a secure email please contact bsab@bristol.gov.uk to make other arrangements. You will need to demonstrate how the criteria are fulfilled, and provide as much information as possible to support this.

Before submitting the referral do discuss with your agency representative on the Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board. If you do not have a representative please discuss with the Safeguarding lead in your organisation.