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Quality assurance

A core function of the Hillingdon LSCB is to monitor the quality of the work undertaken to safeguard children and understanding the impact of this work in terms of its effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and young people and keeping them safe from harm.

Quality Assurance

Working Together 2015 requires each LSCB to have a Learning and Improvement Framework to enable professionals and organisations protecting children to reflect on the quality of their service and learn from their practice and that of others.

Section 11 (Safeguarding) Audits

One of the ways we review agencies safeguarding work is through audit of safeguarding arrangements. 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. The Section 11 Audit is designed to allow Hillingdon LSCB 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. The section 11 audit is undertaken biennially and key themes are reported to the board.

The audit covers 9 areas –

  1. Senior management commitment to the importance of safeguarding and promoting
  2. A clear statement of the agency’s responsibilities towards children is available to staff.
  3. A clear line of accountability within the organisation for work on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  4. Service development takes account of the need to safeguard and promote welfare.
  5. Staff training
  6. Safe recruitment procedures, including recruitment, vetting procedures and those for managing allegations are in place
  7. Effective inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  8. Effective information sharing
  9. Voice of the child

Plus additional questions to review the work of the LSCB.

Agencies were asked to complete the audit in summer 2016, with a report being provided to the LSCB board.

Hillingdon LSCB will commence a new Section 11 Audit with partner agencies in Summer 2018. Once all responses have been received and collated, this will be followed up by a Learning Event that will enable partners to share areas of best practice, and support in identifying and addressing any areas of Improvement.

Hillingdon LSCB would like to extend the audit to other organisations to use as a self assessment tool. This supports organisations to understand the statutory requirements of their partners and work towards meeting

For other organisations that would like more information regarding the section 11 audit tool, including access to the tool for free please contact the LSCB.

Section 175 (Schools) Audits

Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 sets out that the functions of the LSCB, under section 14 of the Children Act 2004, of these regulations is the requirement of “monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their Board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising them on ways to improve.”

In fulfilling this function Hillingdon LSCB is required to ensure that schools, with regard to their duty under Section 175 and section 157 of the Education Act 2002, are fulfilling their statutory obligations regarding safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  One of the ways this is done is by asking schools to self-evaluate their arrangements in place in an audit.

The schools safeguarding audit is therefore designed to assist schools in ensuring that they have the evidence to show that their safeguarding procedures are robust and to identify any actions needed to make improvements regarding their safeguarding responsibilities.

Schools were previously asked to complete the audit in the summer term of 2016, with a report being provided to the LSCB in the autumn.

Following a consultation event with education partners in December 2017 which has helped to revise and improve the audit format, Hillingdon LSCB will commence a new s.175 audit with Hillingdon schools in April 2018. This audit will be followed up by a learning event for all respondent schools in Summer 2018, once all responses have been received and collated. The event will provide schools with an opportunity to share learning, best practice and offer challenge to audit responses. For more information please contact the LSCB.

Themed Audits

Hillingdon LSCB has embarked upon a programme of themed, multi-agency audits, as outlined below:

2017        
         
Date:    Audit Area:   Status:
         
January 2017   Safeguarding Midwifery Audit   Completed
         
July 2017   Joint Children’s Services & UK Border Force Suspected Trafficking & Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Audit   Completed
         
October 2017   Multi-Agency NSPCC Harmful Sexual Behaviour Scoping Audit   Completed
         
December 2017   MASH Review   Completed
         
2018        
         
Date:    Audit Area:   Status:
         
April 2018   Multi-Agency Neglect Audit   In Progress
         
June 2018   Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse Audit    Planned
         
July 2018   Re-Audit: Joint Children’s Services & UK Border Force Suspected Trafficking & Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Audit   Planned
         
September 2018   Multi-Agency Child Sexual Exploitation Audit   Planned