The Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014.

Section 44 Safeguarding adults reviews:

(1) An SAB must arrange for there to be a review of a case involving an adult in its area with needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority has been meeting any of those needs) if— (a)there is reasonable cause for concern about how the SAB, members of it or other persons with relevant functions worked together to safeguard the adult, and
(b)condition 1 or 2 is met.

(2)Condition 1 is met if— (a)the adult has died, and (b)the SAB knows or suspects that the death resulted from abuse or neglect (whether or not it knew about or suspected the abuse or neglect before the adult died).

(3)Condition 2 is met if— (a)the adult is still alive, and (b)the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.

(4)An SAB may arrange for there to be a review of any other case involving an adult in its area with needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority has been meeting any of those needs).

(5)Each member of the SAB must co-operate in and contribute to the carrying out of a review under this section with a view to— (a)identifying the lessons to be learnt from the adult’s case, and (b)applying those lessons to future cases.

The history of the Care Bill

May 2013:
The Care Bill explained: Including a response to consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny on the Draft Care and Support Bill, Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health by Command of Her Majesty, May 2013 changes the title of the Draft Care and Support Bill to the 'Care Bill'.

There are no significant changes to safeguarding adults reviews following consultation:

On 11 July 2012, the Government published its Draft Care and Support Bill along with a White Paper Caring for our future: reforming care and support and the Department of Health's Reforming the law for adult care and support: the Government's response to the Law Commission.

The combined effect is to create statutory Safeguarding Adults Boards and 'Safeguarding Adults Reviews' using the terminology of abuse or neglect. >> Click here to read more

Winterbourne Serious Case Review

On 7 October 2012, the Winterbourne View Serious Case Review Report was published. The report was commissioned by South Gloucestershire Council on behalf of the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board >> Click to read more


Sequeli's SAR training

The quotes below are from attendees at Sequeli's October 2012 Safeguarding Adults Reviews training, commissioned by a local authority:

"Really helpful handouts and links to further information"

"Gained insight into SAR's, SCR's (child) and DHR's and how the processes are very similar and therefore skills interchangeable"

"Good speakers - clear, concise"

"Going through process step by step was good"

"Case studies great as a learning tool"

"Professor Jill (Manthorpe)'s contribution very engaging and thought provoking for future demands on SAB's"


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