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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.

Learning Lessons Reviews

The Care Act 2014 enables Safeguarding Adults Boards to carry out reviews in cases which do not meet the criteria for a Safeguarding Adult Review, but where it feels it would be appropriate in order to promote effective learning and improvement action to prevent future deaths or serious harm occurring again.


Learning Lessons Review – Adult 2

Learning Briefings

Adult B Learning Briefing

Adult C Learning Briefing

Adult 2 Learning Briefing

Adult 2 7 Minute 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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