Section 11 (s11) of Children Act 2004 puts a legal duty on a range of organisations to ensure that their functions – and any that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 (DfE) requires Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to monitor the effectiveness of organisations’ implementation of their duties under section 11 of the Children Act 2004. The PSCB has a key role in achieving high standards in safeguarding and promoting welfare, not just through co-ordinating services but also through evaluation and continuous improvement.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Boards have developed a safeguarding audit tool to help organisations undertake their own quality assurance process in regard to safeguarding and child protection.
This self-evaluation tool provides a checklist for organisations to evaluate risks, strengths and weaknesses and the extent to which an organisation is meeting requirements to manage and reduce online abuse and where there may be action points for future improvement.
The audit has been structured in line with Becta’s PIES model. This was an effective framework developed to provide a safeguarding strategy for organisations. It offers a simple way of mitigating against risks through a combination of effective Policies and practice, a robust and secure technology Infrastructure, and Education and training for learners and employees alike, underpinned by Standards and inspection.