8.6 Section 11 Audit
Section 11 Audit Toolkit
Safeguarding Self Assessment & Section 11 Audit
Section 11 Audit Tool
Working Together 2018 sets out that Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships must monitor and evaluate what is done by the Local Authority and partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve.
Every two years, the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) undertakes a Section 11 Audit to monitor and evaluate the compliance of partners with their statutory obligations under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004. This place a duty on key persons and bodies to make arrangements to ensure that in discharging their functions, they have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Although we formally ask our partners to submit an audit every two years, the Section 11 audit tool can also be used as a self-assessment process that provides induvial agencies with their own assurance that they are meeting statutory duties. We would therefore encourage agencies to consider maintaining their Section 11 return on an ongoing basis to feed into internal self-evaluation and improvement processes, rather completing it from scratch every two years for submission to the Partnership.
All partners are invited to complete their Section 11 audit via our online audit system. However a pdf version of the 2017 Section 11 tool is also provided below.
Safeguarding Self-Assessment Tool
Whilst the BSCP requests a Section 11 audit return from all member agencies, we recognise that there are a wider number of agencies working with children and young people in Buckinghamshire. This includes a range of commissioned services, voluntary, community and faith sector organisations. It is important that robust safeguarding arrangements are in place within all of these settings.
Although these organisations are not always bound by the same legal framework as statutory organisations, they are still expected to have arrangements in place that reflect the importance of safeguarding children, young people and adults with care and support needs.
The BSCP has worked together with the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adult Board to produce a safeguarding self-assessment tool that can be used by non-statutory agencies working in Buckinghamshire to check whether they have appropriate safeguarding arrangements in place.
Where such organisations are commissioned by statutory agencies to provide services on their behalf, contract monitoring arrangements must consider whether robust safeguarding arrangements are in place. This tool can also be used by commissioners as part of these arrangements. (N.B. Some commissioners have developed their own bespoke safeguarding audit tools and this tool is not intended to replace those).