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Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Audits

Safeguarding Adult Reviews

The purpose of a Safeguarding Adult Review is not to reinvestigate or apportion blame but to establish whether lessons can be learnt from the circumstances of a case that may improve practice or the way in which agencies and professionals work together to safeguard vulnerable adults. The focus of Safeguarding Adult Reviews, in line with both multi-agency policy and national guidance, is to:

  • Learn from past experience and the specific event examined;
  • Improve future practice and outcomes by acting on learning identified by the review;
  • Improve multi-agency working and compliance with any other multiagency or single agency procedures.

Safeguarding Adults Reviews - Referral Form

Safeguarding Adults Reviews - Information for Families

Safeguarding Adult Reviews - More information

Reports of SARs held in Rochdale are available on this page for 12 months from their publication date.


Safeguarding Adult Review report - Adult C (Mrs Hanson) - Published 29th September 2017

7 Minute Briefing on the learning from Safeguarding Adult Review - Adult C (Mrs Hanson) - September 2017

Learning Briefings

Adult B Learning Briefing

Adult C Learning Briefing


In addition to its work on SARs, RBSAB also undertakes a quality assurance process through a rolling programme of audits.  The purpose of audit is to identify areas of good practice and areas of concern and to influence service improvement. Emerging themes provide a basis for further, more focused audit activity. There is a clear focus on impact and outcomes and recommendations from audit are compiled into a SMART action plan that is implemented through one of the Board’s sub groups.

Multi Agency Case File Audit 

The  MACFA is one  method that the Safeguarding Board uses to track improvements and to identify areas for development.  It involves a programme of in depth, themed audits, that take place throughout the year.


MACFA 1 Domestic Abuse

MACFA 2 Self Neglect




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