The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

Section 11 Audit

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The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) undertakes an annual Section 11 audit process of all agencies, as identified in Working Together 2015.

What is Section 11 of the Children Act?

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.

For further information regarding these duties please refer to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

Section 11 Audit process

This ‘Section 11 Audit’ is designed to allow the BSCP to assure itself that agencies placed under a duty to co-operate by this legislation, are fulfilling their responsibilities to safeguard children and promote their welfare.

Which Organisations Does this Affect?

Section 11 places a duty on:

  • Local authorities and district councils that provide children’s and other types of services, including children’s and adult social care services, public health, housing, sport, culture and leisure services, licensing authorities and youth services;
  • NHS organisations, including the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups, NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts;
  • The police, including police and crime commissioners and the chief officer of each police force in England and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London;
  • The British Transport Police;
  • The Probation Service;
  • Governors/Directors of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions;
  • Voluntary and private sector organisations;
  • Early years and child care;
  • Faith organisations;
  • Directors of Secure Training Centres; and
  • Youth Offending Teams/Services

The BSCP has two self-assessments. One is specifically for the third sector. This self -assessment will be launched in May 2018.

The self -assessment tool for all other organisations as identified above is now live and can be found here.

The self -assessment will enable organisations to identify whether they have the necessary safeguarding arrangements in place. For schools, completing this self -assessment process will provide evidence of meeting other statutory guidance, such as Keeping Children Safe in Education.

How to complete the self -assessment

Organisations are asked to provide a brief description of how they meet the criteria and to either attach or provide a link to evidence demonstrating they meet the criteria.

The BSCP business unit will review and evaluate the evidence presented against the criteria. Organisations will receive confirmation of the evaluation. Where either the organisation, through its own self-assessment, or the BSCP, through the evaluation, considers the evidence does not demonstrate sufficient compliance to the criteria organisations will be invited to meet with the Chair and partnership director for a discussion on how the BSCP can support the organisation to meet the criteria.

The Section 11 process will be undertaken between April and July 2018, with evaluations completed by August 2018. A section 11 report will be included in the Annual Report.

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