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When considering a referral into SAR, you may wish to first raise a safeguarding concern, to ensure you have addressed the incident with the relevant local authority.  Each local authority area has its own procedures and the link for each authority is on the right hand side of the screen.

The link below is to the SAR referral form please complete the form and return it to the SAR email address below.  If you need any assistance please contact [email protected] 

MSARG Referral Form

Please complete this form with the details of the case you wish to refer to the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board for consideration of a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR). Please summarise why you feel it meets the 3 criteria for a SAR.

If you are not sure what the SAR process is, please click on the link below to see a 7 minute briefing on the SAR process.

SAR 7 minute briefing

Criteria for conducting Safeguarding Adults ReviewsSection 44 of the Care Act 2014 requires that a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) must arrange for there to be a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR)

This is when 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,

there is reasonable cause for concern about how the Safeguarding

Adults Board, members of it or other persons with relevant functions

worked together to safeguard the adult, and

  • the adult has died, and  
  • 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) 


  • the adult is still alive and the Safeguarding Adults Board knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect.

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

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 form the adult’s case, and

b. applying those lessons to future cases.’

The SAR subgroup will consider referrals at their monthly meeting, using the criteria outlined above. A recommendation is then made by the group for consideration by the Independent Chair of MSAB.  The Independent Chair’s decision is final.


For further information professionals can contact their MSAB representative.

If you are a member of the public you may wish to contact the safeguarding team in your local area.  Please click on your local authority area to be taken to the information needed.