Lee Irving – Serious Case Review Publication and Statements

A decision was made by the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) to undertake a Safeguarding Adults Review on 25 August 2015 following the death of Lee Irving in June 2015. 

Lee was a young man with care and support needs who was 24 years old when he was murdered in the Fawdon area of Newcastle.

The Safeguarding Adults Review

Local Safeguarding Adults Boards have a duty to arrange a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) when:

  • An adult, with needs for care and support, (whether or not the local authority was meeting any of those needs) in its area dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult.

The purpose of having a Safeguarding Adults Review is not to reinvestigate or to apportion blame, undertake HR duties or establish how someone died. Its purpose is:

  • To establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the circumstances of the case about the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to safeguard adults;
  • To review the effectiveness of procedures (both multi-agency and those of individual organisations);
  • To inform and improve local inter-agency practice;
  • To improve practice by acting on learning (developing best practice);
  • To prepare or commission a summary report which brings together and analyses the findings of the various reports from agencies in order to make recommendations for future action.

An Independent Overview Report Author (Tom Wood) was commissioned by the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board in September 2015.

The following agencies have produced an Individual Management Review (IMR) to contribute to the Safeguarding Adults Review:

  • National Probation Service, Northumbria;
  • Newcastle City Council;
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Northumbria Police;
  • North East Ambulance Service;
  • Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group; and
  • Positive Life Choices.

A summary of the key findings from the report can be found below along with an action plan detailing the reports key recommendations and the actions taken by the NSAB to address these.

Statements are provided below in response to the findings and recommendations from the report –

A copy of the report is available below, from w.c 19 June this report will be available in the Newcastle Adults Safeguarding Board section of the website here. {link to location}