A core function of the Hillingdon Safeguarding Children Partnership is to monitor the quality of the work undertaken to safeguard children and understanding the impact of this work in terms of its effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and young people and keeping them safe from harm.
One of the ways we review agencies safeguarding work is through audit of safeguarding arrangements. Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The Section 11 Audit is designed to allow Hillingdon LSCB to assure itself that agencies placed under a duty to co-operate by this legislation, are fulfilling their responsibilities to safeguard children and promote their welfare. The section 11 audit is undertaken biennially and key themes are reported to the board.
Plus additional questions to review the work of the Safeguarding Partnership
Hillingdon LSCB would like to extend the audit to other organisations to use as a self assessment tool. This supports organisations to understand the statutory requirements of their partners and work towards meeting
Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 sets out that the functions of the LSCB, under section 14 of the Children Act 2004, of these regulations is the requirement of “monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising them on ways to improve.”
In fulfilling this function Hillingdon LSCB is required to ensure that schools, with regard to their duty under Section 175 and section 157 of the Education Act 2002, are fulfilling their statutory obligations regarding safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. One of the ways this is done is by asking schools to self-evaluate their arrangements in place in an audit.
The schools safeguarding audit is therefore designed to assist schools in ensuring that they have the evidence to show that their safeguarding procedures are robust and to identify any actions needed to make improvements regarding their safeguarding responsibilities.