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Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) In Rapid Time

The Safeguarding Adult Reviews in Rapid Time (SARiRT) model provides a process and related tools that support reviews to draw out systems learning to promote practical improvement using a timely and proportionate approach.

The model encourages clarity about the kind of learning needed, so that the review can move from purely describing practice problems to illuminating what lies ‘behind’ those practice problems. Taking a systems approach, the model enables us to understand the social and organisational drivers for current practice problems. The process supports reviews to be turned around more quickly (we aim for three months to produce the final report) and to provide a shorter more focussed final report.

The new model was piloted in 2020 and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) funded SCIE to provide training on the SARiRT model, through a flexible modular course which ran during 2023. An independent evaluation of the SARiRT model was undertaken, involving safeguarding boards and partnerships who have already used the new model, as a way of providing some early assurance to commissioners. The evaluation explores the early impacts achieved in terms of supporting systemic safeguarding improvements, and the successes and challenges boards experience when using the model. The report can be found with the downloads at the bottom of the page.


Key features, tools and some physical examples in this introduction to the Safeguarding Adult Reviews in Rapid Time model.

Tools and templates

We have a set of tools and templates which may be downloaded for use when undertaking a SAR in Rapid Time.


We are delivering further Safeguarding Adult Reviews in Rapid Time training in early spring 2024.

In the meantime, you can also access the seven training modules of the autumn 2023 training instance by Dr Sheila Fish, with each module lasting approximately 2.5 hours.

SCIE coaching and mentoring offer

We provide support and mentoring particularly designed to assist reviewers who are undertaking their first SARs in Rapid Time (SARiRT) model. This will include flexible support such as ‘lunch and learn’ sessions to help embed the use of the process and tools, and group or one-to-one mentoring. We can shape the offer to fit your bespoke needs. For more information please contact Alison Ridley (Safeguarding Audit and Review Programme Manager).

Safeguarding Adult Reviews in Rapid Time: Learning from early implementation