Section 11 Audits

Section 11 (s11) of Children Act 2004 puts a legal duty on a range of organisations to ensure that their functions – and any that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board has developed a safeguarding audit tool to help organisations undertake their own quality assurance process in regard to safeguarding and child protection. The audit programme runs across two years; further information can be found in the CHSCB s11 programme of auditing document.

If you have any queries in regard to the completion of the audit tool, please contact Sandra Reid, Business and Performance Manager for CHSCB on 0208 356 4175 or email using sandra.reid@hackney.gov.uk

Section 157 / 175 Audits

Sections 157 and 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a statutory duty on independent and maintained schools to make arrangements to ensure that in discharging their functions, they have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and that any services they contract out to others are provided having regard to that need.

In fulfilling its statutory objectives under Section 14 of the Children Act 2004, the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board (CHSCB) is required to ensure that schools are meeting these duties effectively.

The City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board has developed a safeguarding audit tool which has been mapped against Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015).  The audit programme runs across two years; further information can be found in the CHSCB s157 / 175 programme of auditing document.

If you have any queries in regard to the completion of the audit tool, please contact Sandra Reid, Business and Performance Manager for CHSCB on 0208 356 4175 or email using sandra.reid@hackney.gov.uk

Peer Review

The above audits are subject to scrutiny and oversight by the CHSCB. To further strengthen this oversight and provide additional support to partner agencies, the CHSCB has introduced a Peer Review process for audit returns. The Peer Review process helps partner agencies reflect on and improve safeguarding services for children and young people.

Multi-Agency Case Audits

City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board undertakes a schedule of multi-agency case audits as part of its statutory function under Section 14 of the Children Act 2014.

These audits enable the Board to monitor the effectiveness of safeguarding practices, recognise areas of good practice that can be shared and built upon and identify areas in which there may be policy, training and developmental needs.

Each round of audits focuses on front-line, multi-agency practice. The theme of each audit changes dependent on national/local issue or priority areas for the Board.

The attached map provides oversight of the process and how it helps the Board to identify, disseminate and embed learning across the partnership.

Summary of audit themes and key messages for front line professionals are available on the right. These are sent out via our ‘Things You Should Know” briefings.