Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) – SAR Protocol & Guidance

The SAR Protocol and Guidance (pdf) sets out the approach to the process and practice of SARs adopted by the Bi-borough and will assist professionals in deciding when to refer a case for consideration of a SAR and the key considerations when making a referral. It should be read in conjunction with the Care and Support Statutory Guidance and the London Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

The protocol has been informed by key messages from the National Analysis of SARs April 2017 – March 2019 and the SAR Quality Markers, launched by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) in April 2022.

SAR Referral and Decision Form: any professional can make a referral for consideration of a SAR using the SAR Referral Form (docx). Referrals should be sent to the SAEB at

Any member of the public wishing to make a referral for a SAR should contact the SAEB or a SAEB partner agency for further discussion and to identify the most appropriate route to take the request forward. This may result in the SAEB or SAEB partner agency completing a SAR referral on behalf of the member of the public or providing advice as to why the referral does not meet the criteria and making a referral would not be appropriate.

SAR Referral Learning Briefing (pdf): this learning briefing has been produced to support referrers to understand what a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) is, and whether a referral is appropriate.

We also endeavour to involve those close to the adult whenever possible in these reviews, to understand their perspective on the services provided to them. We have written the following guidance to answer questions family and friends may have: SAR Guidance for Families and Carers (pdf).