Learning from Practice

The Safeguarding Partnership is committed to continuous learning and improving local multiagency practice to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults, children and young people. The focus is on practice development, learning from good practice and disseminating wider system learning to practitioners that work directly with adults, children and families.

The commitment to quality assurance of local safeguarding practice promotes a culture that:

  • is open and honest 
  • is proportionate and avoids hindsight bias 
  • identifies and addresses systemic practice issues 
  • supports and challenges safeguarding partners to make continuous improvements to practice.

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) are held when an adult with care and support needs dies as a result of abuse, neglect or self-neglect, or survives serious abuse, and there are concerns that partner agencies could have worked together more effectively to protect the adult. Where Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership undertakes a Safeguarding Adult Review the report will be published on this page for the period of one year from the date of publication. There is a national library of SARs to aid in national and cross-borough learning. 

The purpose of a Safeguarding Adult Review is to identify any areas of learning for the individual agencies and the whole local system. Where the statutory criteria set out in s.44 of the Care Act are not met the partnership has mechanisms to identify and share that learning across all relevant partners. There is an Adult Learning from Practice Framework setting out how learning is captured and used to improve practice. 

A Safeguarding Adult Review will seek to:

  • Identify any lessons we can learn about the way professionals and agencies have worked together
  • Review the effectiveness of our safeguarding services and interventions
  • Consider what could have been done differently to prevent a similar circumstance from happening again
  • Inform and improve practice across the Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership

Statutory Safeguarding Adults Reviews are always published. They will remain available on this webpage for one year. 

Any agency, or member of the public, can contact the Safeguarding Partnership Team to notify of a concern that they feel should be considered against the SAR criteria.