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Safeguarding Reviews (SARs & CSPRs) and Rapid Review process

Last updated: 04/06/2020

Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)

Section 44, the Care Act 2014 stipulates that the Safeguarding Board (SB) must arrange a SAR when an adult in its area with care and support needs (whether or not the local authority has been meeting any of those needs) 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. The SB must also arrange a SAR if the adult has not died, but the SB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.

The Safeguarding Board will seek to determine what the relevant agencies and individuals involved in the case might have done differently that could have prevented harm or death. This is so that lessons can be learned from the case and those lessons applied to future cases to prevent similar harm occurring again.

A SAR can:

  • look at any lessons that can be learnt from the case about the way professionals and agencies worked together
  • review the effectiveness of safeguarding adults' procedures
  • inform and improve practice
  • identify what can be done better to avoid a similar circumstance from reoccurring

Learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews will be shared widely within local organisations and through the SB website.

The SB has an agreed Safeguarding Adults Review framework which sets out the process for requesting a SAR.

Anyone can make a referral for a SAR using the following form 

SAR reports and documents published by this Board and other Berkshire Boards:

Local Children’s Safeguarding Practice Reviews (LCSPRs)

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 introduced a new duty for the Safeguarding Partners (Local Authorities, Police and CCGs) to make arrangements with other organisations to protect and safeguard children. The Act requires that these arrangements identify and respond to the needs of children in the area, and identify the learning arising from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPRs) which raise issues of importance in relation to the area.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel guidance can be found here

There is also guidance available on the pan Berks Policy & Procedures website

Anyone can make a referral for a CSPR using the form

LCSPR reports and documents published by this Board and other Berkshire Boards:

Rapid Reviews


Any agency can notify the Safeguarding Board (SB) of a serious incident they think should be considered for a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) and/or a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (LCSPR) by using the Case Review Referral Form SB1. However, this process can also be used where cases do not meet these criteria, but Safeguarding Partners consider there is an opportunity for learning in respect of multi-agency working using alternative methodology. In such cases, a Rapid Review (RR) will be undertaken to determine the most appropriate response.

The following documents will provide additional information about the Rapid Review process:

 If a SAR or LCSPR is commissioned, partner agencies may asked to complete an Individual Management Review (IMR) - sometimes known as a single agency review.