Social Care

KEY INFORMATION Safeguarding Adults Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews & Serious Case Reviews

STATUS - In Development

The procurement is being led by South Tyneside Council as part of NEPO's Hub & Spoke Model; you can read more about the model on the About Us page.  In the meantime please use the Enquiry Form to direct any queries to the lead officer.
Local Authorities have a Statutory Responsibility under the 2014 Care Act for Safeguarding Adult Reviews and under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004) for Domestic Homicide Reviews. 
Safeguarding Adult Reviews
A Safeguarding Adult Review is a review for all partner agencies to identify the lessons that can be learned from particularly complex or serious safeguarding adults cases, where an adult in vulnerable circumstances has died or been seriously injured and abuse or neglect has been suspected. 
Domestic Homicide Reviews
A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is a review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person to whom they were related or with whom they were or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or a member of the same household as themselves, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.
Overall responsibility for establishing a DHR rests with the local Community Safety Partnership as they are ideally placed to initiate a DHR and review panel due to their multi-agency design and locations across England and Wales
Serious Case Reviews
A Serious Case Review (SCR) is a review when a child is seriously harmed or dies as a result of abuse or neglect. The review identifies how local professionals and organisations can improve the way they work together.
Independent reviewers should:

  • Have the relevant knowledge and skills for the task
  • Be independent of the services and agencies involved
  • Be able to work within timescales/meet deadlines

The Solution:
The solution aims to offer Public Sector buyers a number of benefits including:

  • Access to Independent Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews and Serious Case Reviews
  • Market Development and shaping
  • A clear route to market
  • OJEU compliance

This solution is in the early stages of development and this page will be updated as the procurement process progresses.


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Claire Harrison
Regional Category Specialist


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