Information about the Essex Schools and Colleges Safeguarding Audit

Schools and Colleges have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children:

  • Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a duty on local authorities (in relation to their education functions and governing bodies of maintained schools and further education institutions, which include sixth-form colleges) to exercise their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at a school, or who are students under 18 years of age attending further education institutions.
  • The same duty applies to independent schools (which include Academies and free schools) under section 157 of the same Act. 
  • In order to fulfil their safeguarding duties, these bodies should have in place the arrangements set out in Chapter 2 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (HMG, 2015). 
  • Schools and colleges must also have regard to the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2016). 

The ESCB has a statutory responsibility to assess how effectively its partners are fulfilling their safeguarding obligations and the audit supports this work.

Schools and Colleges Audit 2017-18

This year’s Schools and Colleges Safeguarding Audit 2017-18 is now live (as of  Monday 30th October 2017.)

Schools and Colleges have up to 31st May 2018 to complete it. When completed please return your audit to along with any supporting documents as additional evidence.

The new easy to use audit tool is in the form of an excel spreadsheet.  This has been emailed to schools and colleges but is also available to access here.

·         Schools and Colleges Safeguarding Children Audit Tool

·         Guidance for completing the Audit

This information can also be accessed on Essex Schools Infolink