Safeguarding Adults Board

Safeguarding Adults Reviews

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) are about learning lessons for the future. They will make sure that Safeguarding Adults Boards get the full picture of what went wrong, so that all organisations involved can improve their practice. Under the Care Act each member of the SAB must co-operate in and contribute to the carrying out of a review.

Guidance for Multi-Agency Reviews of Serious Cases

The Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Boards have developed Guidance for Multi-Agency Reviews of Serious Cases in order to ensure that:

  • We have processes for learning and reviewing that are flexible and proportionate and open to professional and public challenge.
  • We can determine locally what type of review is appropriate dependent on the nature of the case and the agencies involved.
  • A culture of transparency is created that provides for a positive shared learning culture.

This document sets out the Boards’ expectations for a Safeguarding Adult Review of a serious case, within which there is room for professional judgement and flexibility: Guidance for Multi-Agency Reviews of Serious Cases

The Board has set out a process for Board members, managers and practitioners, in order to clarify the different roles and responsibilities of individual agencies, the Safeguarding Adults Board and its Subgroups. This includes a notification report template to be completed by anyone wishing to present a case for consideration by the SAR Panel.  The SAR Panel Process and Notification Report Template can be found here.

Safeguarding Adults Reviews

Safeguarding Adults Reviews commissioned by this Board and by neighbouring authorities are published below, either as an executive summary or a full report. This section will be added to as more documents become available.  

Full report on the Case of Aubrey 2018 and Practice Note Aubrey

Full report on the Case of Mrs H 2016 and Briefing Note Mrs H

Full report on the Case of Mr I 2016 and Briefing Note Mr I

Findings from the Case of Ms F 2014

Slough Safeguarding Adults Board - Mrs EE

Bracknell Forest and Windsor & Maidenhead Safeguarding Adults Board - Case of AB and AB Briefing Note

A SAR was not undertaken for the Case of X (2017) but the Board considered learning that was already available from local and national cases so as not to duplicate efforts. In particular, the case of Mr I completed in 2016 was noted as containing similar themes. 

West Berkshire Council Domestic Homicide Review 2016 executive summary. The full report and action plan can be found on West Berkshire Council's website.

Wokingham Domestic Homicide Review 2015 executive summary.  The full report and action plan can be found on Wokingham Council's website.

Learning from Experience Database

The Learning from Experience Database developed by Hampshire's SAB contains links to national and local serious case reviews, reports and inquiries (both historic and current) and aims to support the dissemination of the learning arising from these and in doing so promote evidence based practice.