'Section 11' Safeguarding 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. 

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

This requirement is carried out through a regular cycle of auditing of partners' safeguarding effectiveness.

Audit 2017-18

This year’s Section 11 Safeguarding Children Audit 2017-18 is now live (as of  Monday 30th October 2017.)

Agencies have up to 31st May 2018 to complete it. When completed please return your audit to section11.escb@essex.gov.uk 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 partners but is also available to access here.

·         S11 Safeguarding Children Audit Tool

·         Guidance for completing the Audit

If you are a school or college please don't attempt to complete this audit as it will not be particularly relevant for you. Instead, please see Essex Schools Infolink or further information here.