This protocol will assist professionals to decide when to refer a case for consideration as a Safeguarding Adult Review, as well as providing guidance on the Safeguarding Adult Review process itself.
In the first instance, please refer to the Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) Protocol for information about the SAR process, ensuring that you pay particular attention to Appendix B, which is a Briefing Note for referrers. We have also published a separate SAR Learning Briefing, which summarises the process.
If, after reading the above two documents, you would like to make a SAR referral, download the SAR Referral Form.
For public SAR referrals, please discuss with a professional or an agency involved who will support you to consider if the SAR process could be appropriate. If it is considered appropriate, the professional or agency will ensure that the SAR referral form is completed and forwarded to the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board.
If there is no agency or professional involved, please contact the Board Support Team, who will discuss and complete a referral form if appropriate:
Please note the following: if a referral is not considered appropriate for a SAR there may be another route for you to follow, for example a safeguarding referral or complaints process. If a referral does proceed, this is on the basis that it appears to meet the criteria for the consideration of a SAR.