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Serious Cases (DHRs & SARs)

Safeguarding Adult Reviews

When an adult with care and support needs dies or is seriously injured, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death, local organisations will consider immediately whether there are other adults in the same situation who are at risk of harm and need to be kept safe.

Once this has been done, Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Together will gather initial evidence to see if it is likely that lessons could be learned from the ways that organisations, services and professionals supported the adult who has died.

If there is sufficient evidence, a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) will be commissioned by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Together to:

  • Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way professionals and agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults with care and support needs 
  • Identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon, and what is expected to change as a result
  • Improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of adults with care and support needs in the future

Click here to download the West Midlands Regional Guidance on Safeguarding Adult Reviews

Click here to download a SAR Referral Form

Non-statutory Learning Reviews

Sometimes the criteria for a Safeguarding Adult Review are not fully met, but it is still considered that lessons could be learned to improve the ways that organisations and their staff work together to safeguard adults with care and support needs. In such situations a non-statutory Learning Review will be carried out and the recommendations / actions will be published.


Domestic Homicide Reviews

These are carried out when someone is murdered as a result of Domestic Abuse. Responsibility for the commissioning of Wolverhampton's Domestic Homicide Reviews sits with the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership

Details about the DBS can be found here:

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The following steps may be taken as part of an employers’ recruitment processes depending on the role:

  • Your identity will be confirmed by sight of original official documents such as a Birth Certificate, Passport etc in line with the Asylum and Immigration Act 2006.
  • Original documents relating to all the professional qualifications required to fulfil the post must be supplied.
  • Your employment history will be examined and clarification will be sought where there are gaps and discrepancies arising from information provided either by you as the candidate or your referee(s).
  • References will be used to check employment dates and relevant experience. A minimum of two written references will be taken up and, for some posts, these references will be requested prior to interview. The identity of all referees will be verified. All candidates are required to provide details of any unspent convictions. Most convictions must be disclosed for certain posts working with vulnerable groups.All jobs falling into this category will be identified on the Job Description.
  • For posts working with adults with care and support needs, a DBS check, and/or a barred list check will be required.The barred lists contain details of people deemed unsuitable to work with adults with care and support needs. All jobs requiring a DBS check and/or barred list check should be identified in the Job Description.

It is a criminal offence to apply, offer or accept to work with adults with care and support needs (paid or unpaid) if barred from working with adults with care and support needs.

Safer Recruitment Training is available via WST Multi Agency Training

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