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Safeguarding self-assessment

Section 11 Compliance

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’  (Link to the standards)

The Working Together 2013 guidance advises that Section 11 places a duty on the following organisations:

  • local authorities and district councils that provide children’s and other types of services, including children’s and adult social care services, public health, housing, sport, culture and leisure services, licensing authorities and youth services;
  • NHS organisations, including the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups, NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts;
  • the police, including police and crime commissioners and the chief officer of each police force in England and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London;
  • the British Transport Police;
  • the Probation Service;
  • Governors/Directors of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions;
  • Directors of Secure Training Centres; and
  • Youth Offending Teams/Services.

(ref: Working Together 2013, Chapter 2, para 3)

In Oxfordshire agencies complete an annual self-assessment against eight safeguarding standards. They also submit a questionnaire from practitioners setting out their safeguarding knowledge and skill set. A peer review is held to give Oxfordshire agencies the opportunity to scrutinise and compare the results of the audits. In its 2014 inspection report Ofsted commented that, “learning from these audits has been augmented by a very effective peer challenge event for partners”.

 

School Safeguarding Audit Form

School governing bodies are required to carry out an annual review of their school’s safeguarding practice and to provide information to the LA about how the duties set out in the DfE guidance have been discharged. This is to meet the requirements of Section 175 and 157 of the Education Act. This audit form enables schools to undertake a thorough review of safeguarding procedures.

School safeguarding audit form-June 2016