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Safeguarding Adults Review Quality Markers

Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) Quality Markers are a tool to support people involved in commissioning, conducting and quality-assuring SARs to know what good looks like. Covering the whole process, they provide a consistent and robust approach to SARs.

The Quality Markers are based on statutory requirements, established principles of effective reviews and incident investigations, as well as practice experience and ethical considerations.

The SAR Quality Markers assume the principles of Making Safeguarding Personal, as well as the Six Principles of Safeguarding that underpin all adult safeguarding work (Empowerment; Prevention; Proportionate; Protection; Partnership; Accountable). These principles therefore permeate the Quality Markers explicitly and implicitly.

Introduction to SAR Quality Markers

SCIE is pleased to relaunch the Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) Quality Markers. First published in 2018, they have now been refreshed and updated.

Setting up the review


  • Referral
  • Decision making
  • Informing the person, family and social network
  • Clarity of purpose
  • Commissioning

Running the review


  • Governance
  • Process management
  • Parallel processes
  • Assembling information
  • Practitioners’ involvement
  • Involvement of the person, family members and network
  • Analysis

Output, action, impact

The outputs, actions and impacts of the review, including:

  • The Report
  • Publication and dissemination
  • Action and impact

SAR Quality Markers handbook

The Safeguarding Adults Review Quality Markers handbook supports the Safeguarding Adults Review Quality Markers comprehensive checklist.

Training sessions

Recordings of our training sessions that support use of the SAR Quality Markers.

Practical tools to support SAR Quality Markers

This range of tools will support SABs to embed the use of the Quality Markers to underpin your safeguarding adult review work, from strategic commissioning through to publication.

Watch: Targeted briefings

Watch a series of recorded virtual sessions, helping you to consolidate your understanding of the SAR Quality Markers.