The Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is the multi-agency board established in each local authority to promote, inform and support safeguarding adults work; clinical commissioning groups, police and the local authority. They ensure that priority is given to the prevention of abuse and that adult safeguarding is integrated into other community initiatives and services.
A local SAB may be chaired by a Director of Adult Social Services, an Assistant Director, a Senior Elected Member or, where partner agencies have agreed, by an independent Chair. In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland it has been agreed that an independent Chair should be appointed to provide rigour and accountability.
A Safeguarding Adults Board has three functions:
A Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) is a review of the practice of agencies involved in a safeguarding incident. It is commissioned by the SAB when a serious incident or incidents of adult abuse take place or are suspected. The aim is for agencies and individuals to learn lessons and improve the way in which they work.
The local SAB has the lead responsibility for conducting a Safeguarding Adult Review. Terms of reference need to be carefully constructed to explore the issues relevant to each specific case. This guidance follows best practice as laid down by ADASS (2010).
The purpose of an Adult Review is not to apportion blame as to who is responsible for the death of or significant harm to a vulnerable adult and how this came about: that duty falls to the criminal justice system and / or coroner’s office. The purpose of a SAR is to:
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