Learning From Serious Cases

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 suffers serious abuse, and there are concerns that partner agencies could have worked together more effectively to protect the adult.

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. 

A Safeguarding Adult Review or a non-statutory learning 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. You can see all SARs that have been published by the Safeguarding Adults Board in Hillingdon.

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.  

Please see the Serious Incident and SAR Panel process below.

National Analysis of Safeguarding Adult Reviews

In 2020 there was a National Analysis of Safeguarding Adult Reviews to look at what can be learnt from the many Safeguarding Adult Reviews completed between 2017-2019 throughout the country. Please find a summary of the analysis in the downloads section below. The Safeguarding Partnership has implemented a number of local changes in response to the recommendations that came out of the National Analysis.

Please see below in the download section for Safeguarding Adults Reviews in Hillingdon