Adult Practice Reviews

Click here for Working Together to Safeguard People: Volume 3 - Adult Practice Reviews (Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 guidance

To access the Adult & Child Practice Review Referral form - click here

To access the Adult Practice Review Process Flow chart - click here

To access the Adult Practice Review Panel Member Guide - click here

To access the Adult Practice Review Panel Chair role profile - click here

To access the Adult Practice Review Panel Reviewer role profile - click here

To access the Adult Practice Review Panel Member role profile - click here

There is a duty on all agencies involved in the care, support and protection of adults to ensure that the highest possible standards of care, support and protection are provided and maintained at all times.

Part of this duty is a requirement to learn from mistakes. This is particularly important where serious shortfalls or breaches of practice occur, resulting in the death or serious injury of an adult. Where this occurs, a multi agency Adult Practice Review must be considered.

Adult Practice Reviews became statutory on 6th April 2016 with the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The criteria for adult practice reviews are laid down in the Safeguarding Boards (Functions and Procedures) (Wales) Regulations 2015

Concise reviews

The Board will commission a concise adult practice review where an adult at risk who has not, on any date during the 6 months preceding the date of the event, been a person in respect of whom a local authority has determined to take action to protect them from abuse or neglect following an enquiry by a local authority, and has:

• died; or

• sustained potentially life threatening injury; or

• sustained serious and permanent impairment of health.

The purpose of a review is to identify learning for future practice. It involves practitioners, managers and senior officers exploring the detail and context of agencies’ work with an individual and family. The output of a review is intended to generate professional and organisational learning and promote improvement in future inter-agency adult protection practice.

Extended Reviews

The Board will commission an extended adult practice review where an adult at risk who has, on any date during the 6 months preceding the date of the event, been a person in respect of whom a local authority has determined to take action to protect them from abuse or neglect following an enquiry by a local authority, and has:

• died; or

• sustained potentially life threatening injury; or

• sustained serious and permanent impairment of health.

The review follows the same process and timescale as a concise review, engaging directly with individuals and families, in so far as they wish and is appropriate, and involving practitioners, managers and senior officers throughout. There is an additional level of scrutiny of the work of the statutory agencies and the statutory plan(s) which were in place for the individual.

Below will display any completed Adult Practice Reviews undertaken within the Gwent-wide region.