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.
New Audit Schedules:
New Safeguarding Adults Audit 2016-18 will commence in October 2016
New S11 Safeguarding Children Audit 2017-19 will commence in October 2017
Our aim is to ensure that information you have already submitted as part of the 2014-15 safeguarding audits (in the form of your scores, narrative, and uploaded documents) is not lost and can be carried forward in the new audit where possible. Additional standards may, however, be added to the Safeguarding Audits, and you will be informed about this nearer the time.
Finalising progress of your current Safeguarding Audit action plans for 2014-15
The Essex Safeguarding Children Board will be giving Partner Agencies up to 30th September 2016 to update their current S11 (audit) action plans; thereafter this audit will be closed. This will be moderated and the results reported to the ESCB around December 2016.
Why are we doing this audit?
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.
The standards and criteria for this year’s Section 11 audit (S11) were developed and agreed by Essex, Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards. There are user guides to help you complete the audit.
The 2014-15 Section 11 Audit cycle is now complete and the ESCB will be monitoring partners' progress against their action plans during 2015-16.