Adult protection significant case reviews: interim framework

Framework to support a consistent approach to conducting adult protection significant case reviews and improve the dissemination and application of learning both locally and nationally. This framework is for all partners.

Annex 4: Person Specification for Lead Reviewer/s

The skills and qualities required for the lead reviewer, both internal and external, include:


  • Consider practice experience required for person chairing review - this may differ depending on the particular circumstances of the case
  • Responsible for ensuring the required skills and experiences of the review team are made available
  • Role of body/person setting terms of reference and providing progress reports
  • No preconceived views of the case/outcome
  • Quality - ability to set out ground rules

Knowledge base

  • Should have an in-depth knowledge of protecting adults

Analytical skills

  • Those chairing/leading reviews must have the ability to interpret and analyse complex multi-agency processes and information.
  • Identify what sounding boards the group may have
  • Identify where to seek knowledge specific area/profession
  • Logical thinking ability to map out review process
  • Need to understand the context in which services are delivered.

Person qualities

  • Those conducting reviews require to be open minded, fair, a good listener and a logical thinker.
  • Experience of practice at various levels across an organization
  • A blend of confidence and humility (to be prepared to learn)
  • Need to understand professional backgrounds of those involved and be a multi-agency team player

Skills for undertaking the review

  • Approachable
  • Need to have awareness of adult support and protection
  • Risk Assessment/Management
  • Ability to challenge constructively
  • Open mindedness/fairness
  • Good listener
  • Fair person
  • Logical thinking
  • Emotional intelligence
  • The interviewing of significant witnesses takes time and must be undertaken with perseverance and with sensitivity
  • Consider practice experience for those undertaking review - this may differ depending on circumstances of the case being reviewed



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