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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.
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.
One of the safeguarding adults board's core statutory duties is to conduct any SAR in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act. SARs provide an opportunity to learn lessons when abuse or neglect is suspected to be a factor in the death or serious harm of an adult with care and support needs.
It is the responsibility of all partner agencies to make a referral for a SAR where there are reasonable grounds to consider the criteria may be met. Partner agencies should not draw their own conclusions on whether the criteria is met in borderline or unclear cases, but should make a referral to the safeguarding adult review group.
The safeguarding adult review group receives all SAR referrals and consider whether the referral meets the criteria to conduct a SAR, or whether any other action should be carried out to ensure learning takes place.