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Safeguarding Adult Reviews

What is a Safeguarding Adult Review?

The SAR aims to learn lessons from an incident that will prevent deaths and serious abuse or neglect happening in the future. SARs are also used to explore examples of best practice in the way the case was managed, for example how agencies worked together to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect.  Under the Care Act 2014, only Safeguarding Adult Boards (SAB) can carry out a SAR.

The Act specifies at section 44 that a SAR must be conducted in circumstances where the CSAB has concerns about how members of CSAB or other agencies with relevant functions, have worked together to protect an adult in Croydon, with care and support needs, who:

  1. has died as a result of suspected abuse or neglect, or
  2. is still alive, but has experienced serious abuse or neglect, and would have died if it were not for intervention, or has suffered permanent harm.

Anyone can request a SAR

  • The adult who has experienced abuse or neglect,
  • Their family, friends or advocate,
  • An organisation that has worked with the adult,
  • Any organisation that is a member of the Safeguarding Adults Board,
  • MP, councillor, or
  • Coroner

For more information on SARs, read the Croydon SAR Framework or contact the CSAB Manager on CSAB@croydon.gov.uk.

 

The SAR Sub group (ToR to be found here) meets bi-monthly at present, dates of the meetings are below along with the deadline to receive the SAR Request Form.

SARs

Catherine SAR

The CSAB are today publishing a Safeguarding Adult Review into the death of Catherine and the Board would very much like to thank the support and engagement from family members and friends.  They worked with the board and the report author throughout the process and offered their support going forward to ensure lessons are learned from this review.

Catherine died at the age of 85 years old at her own home after police entered her property.  Catherine was born in Ireland before moving to England and was widowed in 2002.  Her first contact with Mental Health services was in 1974 when she had a diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia with further contact with mental health services between 2002 – 2011.

The report makes 16 recommendations in order to make improvements across the partnership and to share learning from this review.  An Action Plan will be developed and the progress monitored by the CSAB SAR Sub group.  The full report can be found below and to follow will be a summary by way of a 7 Minute Briefing.

Croydon SAR ‘Catherine’ Final

 

 

VB SAR

The Croydon Safeguarding Adult Board recently published a Safeguarding Adult Review into the death of VB and the Board wishes to record their thanks to her family for their assistance throughout and after the review process.

Valerie was 79 years old when she died.  She was born in India and moved to England at the age of 10, she became a teacher and moved to London where she taught until 1992.  She was married for 45 years until the death of her husband in 2003.  She owned and lived in a 4 bedroom house in Croydon and although a large house it had many memories and couldn’t cope with the stress of moving.  VB suffered from significant mental health issues and disengaged from mental health services, her GP and her family.

The report makes twelve recommendations to support improvements across agencies to protect those who are at risk of abuse or harm and embed learning across the partnership.  The full report can be found below along with a 7 Minute Briefing, an Action Plan to be published shortly.

Croydon SAR VB Final Report June 2020

VB SAR 7 minute briefing

 

Croydon SAR Executive summary A1 24 March Final

Date of Meeting

Request Form to be submitted by:

22 July 2020 8 July 2020
23 September 2020 9 September 2020
18 November 2020 4 November 2020

Within London Borough of Croydon Council you can express concerns of abuse or neglect via the online form or via email:  All concerns go to Referral.team2@croydon.gov.uk