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.
Update: Changes to the Safeguarding Audit 2016-17
An online Essex Schools & Colleges Safeguarding Children audit tool, hosted by Virtual College, has been used for the last two years. However, this will no longer be available after 10th April 2017.
Schools and Colleges can export both a Summary report and a Master report of their audit data and activity for the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 audits by following the instructions in the following export guide.
There is no requirement for schools to complete the safeguarding audit this academic year (2016-17). Thanks to a 100% completion rate from schools for the previous two years, there is now a sound baseline from which to work.
Essex County Council Education Services have therefore moved to a two-yearly reporting cycle to the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (in line with Section 11 audits undertaken by other organisations) and will not be reviewing schools and colleges’ safeguarding audits until the end of the Summer term, July 2018.
Details of the 2017-18 audit will be communicated in Autumn 2017.
Meanwhile, an updated safeguarding audit is available in Word format for schools and colleges who wish to voluntarily complete it before the end of the 2017-18 year. This is for school use only and there is no need to submit it elsewhere.
How to login to the Web-based audit tool (until 10th April 2017)
The link to the Enable log in page is https://essex.vc-enable.co.uk/Home/Login
Your user name is the email address that is registered on the system for you. Your password is the one you provided on first log-in.
For a password re-set go to login page and select ‘Forgotten your password?’ at the bottom of page, or select https://essex.vc-enable.co.uk/Login/ForgottenPassword