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Useful Guidance


Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Protocol

Formerly known as Serious Case Reviews, Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) are now a statutory duty under the Care Act for SABs to undertake. This is when:

  • an adult 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.
  • an adult is still alive but has experienced serious neglect or abuse and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult.

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.

Any professional can make a referral. The SAR referral form is included as an appendix.

Sussex SAR Protocol

Access to adults suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect

This guide clarifies existing powers and legal options relating to access to adults suspected to be at risk of abuse or neglect where access is restricted or denied. It is intended as a source of ready reference rather than as a learning tool, laying out the potential routes to resolution. It is important that social workers and their managers are as clear as possible on which legal powers or options apply to which situations, and in cases of any uncertainty that they consult their senior managers and/or the legal department of the Local Authority. Throughout the guide there are inks to information on the relevant legislation and case law.

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse

This guide is for practitioners and managers in councils and partner agencies engaged in working directly or indirectly with people who have care and support needs, whose circumstances make them vulnerable, and who may also be victims of domestic abuse. Its purpose is to help staff to give better informed and more effective support to people who need an adult safeguarding service because of domestic abuse. It addresses situations where an adult who has care and support needs is being harmed or abused by an intimate partner or close family member in a way which could also be defined as domestic abuse.

Commissioning for Better Outcomes

This guidance outlines standards to support a dynamic process of continuous improvement and, through self-assessment and peer review, to challenge commissioners and their partners, to strengthen and innovate to achieve improved outcomes for adults using social care, their carers, families and communities. The standards are relevant to all aspects of commissioning and service redesign, including decommissioning. The standards have been designed to reflect the improvements that experience has shown are needed, to support the transformation of social care to meet people’s reasonable aspirations, and to support the implementation of the Care Act 2014.


This document sets out a framework for collaborative multi-agency working within Brighton and Hove. The aim is to ensure that every contact counts, and that anyone coming into contact or working with someone who is hoarding in our City has knowledge and awareness of the tools and resources available to be able to offer help and support. This document contains background information as well as practical tools such as the clutter rating, and local contact details. This protocol has been developed in partnership with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Brighton and Hove City Council, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Making Safeguarding Personal Guide

This guide is intended to support councils and their partners to develop outcomes-focused, person-centred safeguarding practice. It was originally drafted to support the 53 councils who signed up to Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) in 2013/14. It has been updated based on their experience. It gives some guidance about how to embark upon and take forward Making Safeguarding Personal in your council if your local area is interested in the approach.

The toolkit is set out in a modular format with a summary of key areas. These areas range from models, theories and approaches to skills and areas of specialism that safeguarding practitioners need to be aware of. It can be used as a practitioner guide for pointers on how to respond to individual cases, or as a starting point resource for service development. It has been designed as a resource that will develop over time and allow updates and amendments to be made as development takes place or innovative and effective practice comes to light.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The legal framework provided by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is supported by this Code of Practice (the Code), which provides guidance and information about how the Act works in practice. The Code has statutory force, which means that certain categories of people have a legal duty to have regard to it when working with or caring for adults who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Prevention in Safeguarding

This guidance outlines a range of methods of preventing the abuse of vulnerable adults, from public awareness campaigns through to approaches that empower the individual to be able to recognise, address and report abuse. In addition, it examines policy and practice guidance and examples of emerging practice.

Safeguarding adults from harm

This guide is aimed primarily at practitioners working in various settings for organisations involved in safeguarding. But it may also be useful for volunteers and family. It aims to equip practitioners with information about how to assist and safeguard people. Knowing about the legal basis is fundamental, because the law defines the extent and limits of what can be done to help people and to enable people to keep themselves safe. This guide is intended to serve as a pointer to the law and to how it can be used. It tries to explain the law in reasonably simple terms, so it is selective and does not set out full details of each area of law covered. When it comes to the law, further advice will often be needed, but an awareness of it can help practitioners ask the right sort of question and explore possible solutions.

Stop, Look, Care

This booklet is designed to support Care Workers/Carers who work in any registered service in Brighton & Hove. This will support them with undertaking the National Care Certificate. Alternatively it can be used as a reference guide for families and personal assistants to promote awareness of certain needs and encourage referral if concerns are identified.

Care workers and Carers are in the ideal position to recognise changes in an individual’s condition by monitoring them and or recognising any deterioration in a persons wellbeing, this book aims to increase awareness and supports the Care worker/Carer to refer on when appropriate.

Combating Loneliness

This guide highlights that loneliness is a serious problem, with far reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities. There is strong evidence that loneliness can increase the pressure on a wide range of council and health services. It can be a tipping point for referral to adult social care and can be the cause of a significant number of attendances at GP surgeries. There are practical steps agencies can take to address this issue which are outlined ion this guide. Whilst the guide focusses on older people its recommendations will also be beneficial to other age groups.