Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, places duties on a range of organisations, agencies 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.
Therefore, it is vital to ensure that schools can demonstrate that they are meeting key statutory duties and following safeguarding best practice guidance. Section 175 of the 2002 Education Act requires local education authorities and the governing bodies of maintained schools and FE colleges to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Section 157 of the 2002 Education Act and the Independent School Regulations 2003 convey the same responsibilities on all other non-maintained settings.
The audit takes a day to complete and is available to be carried out virtually and onsite. Working with, advising and supporting your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Safeguarding Team. We will work through one of our Internal Audit Tools which checks that you are referring to and working in accordance with the relevant latest statutory legislation arrangements and best practice documentation. Following the safeguarding audit we will provide you with a summary RAG report highlighting and evidencing areas of full compliance, areas where attention may be required and any areas requiring IMMEDIATE ACTION. Ensuring your setting is meeting its duty, functions and safeguarding arrangements are being effectively carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.