A review is a meeting of those previously involved in the development of the protection plan, including the adult. The aim is to monitor the progress and effectiveness of the protection plan. The review meeting can only take place following an enquiry or if urgent action has been taken to protect an adult who is experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect.
The purpose of the review is to ensure that the actions agreed in the protection plan have been implemented and to decide whether further action is needed if any. This can include closure of the safeguarding process and / or referral to other processes such as care management or the care programme approach care programme approach (CPA).
The lead agency managing the safeguarding process will ensure that a review is undertaken where it has been agreed that this is required. All parties to the protection plan must contribute to the review by attendance at the meeting or by producing a report if they are unable to attend.
A review should be determined by the timescales set at the most recent case conference, or as agreed on the protection plan, but can be called earlier depending on the case or local arrangements. If a date for a review was fixed at the case conference, an earlier review may nevertheless be required in the following circumstances:
The review should be attended by all those who are involved in the protection plan and any services that may be able to provide support or need to be involved in the future.
The adult should be enabled to participate in the review on the same basis as for the case conference. The meeting should be held at a venue which enables the adult to fully participate, and this may be in their own home.
The attendance at the review of a carer or a personal representative is on the same basis as their attendance at a case conference.
If a decision is taken that a review is not necessary, the safeguarding adults process will be closed. In this case a decision can be taken that the protection plan should be reviewed as part of the ongoing care management or CPA processes.
If during the review a new concern of abuse or neglect is raised, this should be considered as a new alert.
If a protection plan has been created as a result of the local authority leading safeguarding processes on behalf of a funding authority then the responsibility as regard a review of that plan will rest with the local authority. The discharge of that responsibility may be passed to others, such as the funding authority, but the local authority must be reassured that the protection plan is discharged such that desired outcomes have been achieved and the protection plan does not need further review.
The review should:
At the review the following should be recorded and disseminated:
If the adult does not have mental capacity and does not attend the review, agreement should be reached about feedback arrangements in accordance with their best interests. This feedback should be provided as soon as possible after the review.
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