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Learning Briefings

This section contains a range of learning briefings which the East Sussex SAB has produced often in relation to our Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) and Multi-agency Audits, to raise awareness of the learning and to promote reflective discussions amongst front-line practitioners within our partner agencies.

This Best Interests Learning Briefing summarises the findings and learning outcomes of a SAB multi-agency audit of Mental Capacity Act (MCA) best interest’s decision making.

It includes information on the Office of the Public Guardian and the Court of Protection.

The Complex Cases Learning Briefing summarises the findings and learning outcomes of a SAB multi-agency audit and covers the importance of professional curiosity and effective communication and information sharing in managing complex cases.

It also covers information about resolving disputes in decision making.

The Adult C SAR - published December 2020 contains important learning about how agencies should engage in a collaborative response to domestic abuse.  This Domestic Abuse Learning Briefing draws upon the learning from this Safeguarding Adults Review and provides practical guidance to support practitioners when working with those experiencing domestic abuse and coercion and control.  It also provides an overview of the key provisions under the Domestic Abuse Act, which came into effect in April 2021.

The Multi-Agency Involvement in Safeguarding Learning Briefing summarises the key learning from a multi-agency audit carried out in February 2020, jointly with Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Adults Board.

It contains information about exemplary practice identified in the audit, the key factors in good agency working and links to further resources for professionals.


The University of Sussex commenced a research project in 2018 to explore how existing research and findings from Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) involving self-neglect can be embedded into practice and how organisational change from this learning can be best facilitated. The project, led by Dr David Orr, brought together researchers and members from a number of SABs, including the East Sussex SAB to form a learning set which undertook an exploratory study of organisational learning on self-neglect and safeguarding.

The Organisational Learning from SARs Learning Briefing summarises the main findings and learning from the project report. Partner agencies are encouraged to share these findings with staff in their organisations.

Nurturing professional curiosity and challenge are a fundamental aspect of keeping children, young people and adults safe from harm.

This Professional Curiosity Learning Briefing has been developed to raise awareness of the need for respectful uncertainty and to support good practice in this area.


A Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) is a process for all partner agencies to identify the lessons that can be learned from particularly complex safeguarding adults cases, in which an adult who has experienced abuse or neglect (including death by suicide) has died or come to serious harm.  SARs lead to recommendations to make changes and improvements to services.  Our dedicated SAR page contains more detailed information including the Sussex SAR Protocol and referral form.

A SAR Referral Learning Briefing has been produced to support practitioners to understand the criteria and outline the process for raising a SAR referral.

Since 2015, the East Sussex SAB has published 3 SARs.  Click on the links below to access information about each of these reviews, including the learning briefings:

This Self-Neglect Learning Briefing was developed following the publication of the Adult A SAR , and provides an overview of self-neglect, how to raise concerns and how to manage complex cases and ensure effective multi-agency responses.

In November 2020 the East Sussex SAB conducted an audit of cases involving multi-agency responses to self-neglect.  A summary of the findings and learning outcomes is covered within this Self-Neglect Audit Learning Briefing.  It includes information on the interface between self-neglect and safeguarding and good practice in working with individuals who may find it difficult to engage with services.


The Child T Serious Case Review Learning Briefing relates to a Serious Case Review which was published by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership (ESSCP) in June 2019. It was produced jointly by the East Sussex SAB and the ESSCP and focuses on areas relevant to those working with young adults in transition between Children’s and Adult Services. It also includes issues relating to mental capacity for those aged 16 – 18 and inherent jurisdiction.

The Young People at Risk of Exploitation Learning Briefing was produced to summarise the findings of a multi-agency audit carried out in August 2019.

It includes guidance and resources for staff who work with children and young adults who are at risk of exploitation.

The attached Transitional Safeguarding briefing produced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) focuses on this important, but often challenging area of practice, providing key information to support practitioners in working with young people transitioning into adulthood.