Chapter 3 of the DfE guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2015 states that Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have a statutory duty to assess how well, and to what level, its partners are fulfilling their obligations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004. This requirement is carried out through a regular cycle of auditing of partners' safeguarding effectiveness.
Children Safeguarding Audit now reporting every 2 years
In order to reduce the workload on Partner Agencies the Essex Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards have agreed for Partners to complete their respective safeguarding audits on alternate years. For the present time the audits will continue to be hosted online via the (Virtual College) audit tool.
The next Section 11 Safeguarding Children Audit 2017-19 will commence in October 2017.
Guidance on how to export reports from the online audit tool is available in the following document: how to export my online safeguarding audit
Details of the next Section 11 Safeguarding Children Audit and the format it will take will be made available to Partners over the next few months.