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Position statement on COVID-19 related SAR referrals

Today (Friday 26 June) the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) has published a Position Statement on COVID-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review referrals.

The purpose of this statement is to advise all stakeholders and partners on how NSAB will consider any COVID-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) referrals it may receive in the coming months. 

Click here to read: Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board COVID-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review referrals Position statement.

All stakeholders and partners are asked to share this statement with their staff, contacts and networks. Thank you.

As we now move into a new phase of the response to the pandemic, there has been much debate about the possible increase in adult safeguarding concerns that may come to partners’ attention (and subsequently through to Norfolk County Council). It is suspected there may be many potential cases from the pandemic where a person has died which will give Norfolk critical learning to help improve adult safeguarding

The position statement sets out how, to enable the best learning possible and to avoid duplication in relation to COVID-19 related SAR referrals, NSAB will meet its statutory duty to conduct a SAR for cases which meet the statutory criteria. Click here to read more about the criteria statutory.

PLEASE NOTE: the Safeguarding Adults Board is the only body that can commission a Safeguarding Adult Review. A SAR is a multi-agency process which seeks to determine what relevant agencies and individuals involved could have done differently that could have prevented harm or a death from taking place. The purpose of a SAR is to promote effective learning and improvement to improve services and prevent abuse and neglect in the future. It is NOT to apportion blame.