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New safeguarding review process for Wales

Published : 05/06/23 | Categories: Information & support | News |

Welsh Government is consulting on draft statutory guidance for a new Single Unified Safeguarding Review (SUSR) process for Wales.

The Single Unified Safeguarding Review (SUSR) lays out a framework for how Regional Safeguarding Boards should work with Community Safety Partnerships and other partnerships in the area such as Public Service Boards and Regional Partnership Boards. It outlines how we should protect people from harm – sharing lessons and ensuring we work together to secure the wellbeing of every person in Wales.


This process aims to simplify the review landscape in Wales by combining Adult Practice Review, Child Practice Review, Mental Health Homicide Review, Domestic Homicide Review and Offensive Weapon Homicide Review processes.

The SUSR will eliminate the need for families to take part in an onerous and traumatising cycle of information-giving and waiting for the conclusions of multiple reviews.

The statutory guidance will replace Working Together to Safeguard People volumes 2 (Child Practice Reviews) and 3 (Adult Practice Reviews). As a result, any consequential changes to volume 1 (Introduction and Overview) will be made to reflect this.

According to Welsh Government: The SUSR is a unique and ground-breaking example of how, through collaboration and co-production across political, organisational, and geographical boundaries, we can tackle a complex problem and deliver a shared response’. Almost 200 stakeholders have been engaged in the design and delivery of the SUSR, all of whom have put the person who has been harmed, their families and communities first. This transformation supports our one public service ethos, creates a stronger culture of accountability, and dispersed leadership empowering people to share learning.’


Voluntary organisations that work with people who have been harmed and their families, or that are involved with safeguarding procedures in relation to any of the above groups, may wish to respond to the consultation.


The deadline for responses is 9 June 2023.

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