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Suffolk Section 11 Audit Tool - Briefing Paper Section 11 Audit tool

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Suffolk Section 11 Audit Tool - Briefing Paper Section 11 Audit tool

Briefing Paper: Section 11 Audit tool

    Working Together 2006 identifies, as a key function of a Local Safeguarding Children Board, that they must “monitor and evaluate what is done by the Local Authority and board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve”; and, that they should “have a particular focus on ensuring that those key people and organisations that have a duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 … are fulfilling their statutory obligations about safeguarding and

    promoting the welfare of children”.

    Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board has developed a comprehensive generic self-audit tool to look at how LSCB agencies are meeting their duty under section 11 of the Act.

    This audit tool is designed to monitor and evaluate compliance of the Local Authority and partner agencies with their specific and general duties in respect of safeguarding as defined in Section 11 of the Children Act 2004. (Compliance in respect of Section 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002 is not addressed by this tool). It identifies generic standards that derive from “Section 11 responsibilities”, and which apply in broad terms to the Local Authority and all LSCB Partner agencies. Limited modifications will be appropriate to suit the particular circumstances of individual organisations.

    Most LSCB have completed a Section 11 audit at this time, as it is a useful way of benchmarking current standards, and identifying both good and concerning practices.

    The Suffolk model is significantly more comprehensive that other s11 audit tools that have been used, but will enable far greater information about safeguarding responsibilities and practices to be gathered. It is recognised that it will represent a significant piece of work for each agency, however, it is possible that sections may be completed by different teams as appropriate.

Recommendation:

    I recommend that Westminster LSCB considers the attached audit tool, amends it for local use as required, and requests that the Quality and Performance LSCB sub-group ensures its completion by the relevant agencies.

    If the decision is made to adopt the audit tool, I will liaise with Suffolk about its implementation and subsequent learning about the tool.

Fiona Denman

    LSCB Development Officer

     th10 July 2007

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    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local

    authority and partner organisations

    GENERIC STANDARDS AUDIT

    COMPLIANCE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES

    REGARDING

    SECTION 11, CHILDREN ACT 2004

    The attached suite of forms is designed to facilitate “self-auditing” by organisations and teams within the Local Authority and SCB Partners.

    The SCB Management Team will formally contribute at all stages especially in terms of evaluation and devising and implementing Action

    Plans.

Details of the audit process, and the SCB‟s role in this, will be discussed

    and agreed with individual organisations or teams involved before the

    audit begins. It is recognised that the standards may require minor

    adaptation in order to meet the particular circumstances of individual

    organisations and teams.

    STANDARDS AND AUDIT TOOL

    ACTION PLAN

    OUTCOME REPORT

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    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local authority and partner organisations

    GENERIC STANDARDS AUDIT

     Section 11 Children Act 2004

Working Together 2006 identifies, as a key function of a Safeguarding Children Board, that they must “monitor and evaluate what is done by the Local

    Authority and board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve”; and, that they should “have a particular focus on ensuring that those key people and organisations that have a duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 … are fulfilling their statutory obligations about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children”. For the purposes of this audit “Staff” means everyone, including

    volunteers, who is employed by or on behalf of the organisation and who has contact with children and families.

    This audit tool is designed to monitor and evaluate compliance of the Local Authority and partner agencies with their specific and general duties in respect of safeguarding as defined in Section 11 of the Children Act 2004. (Compliance in respect of Section 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002 is not addressed by this tool). It identifies generic standards that derive from “Section 11 responsibilities”, and which apply in broad terms to the Local Authority and all SCB Partner agencies. Limited modifications will be appropriate to suit the particular circumstances of individual organisations.

    This audit tool is designed for “self-auditing” by individual organisations, teams etc as appropriate. Templates are included – Appendices 1 and 2 to assist in preparing Action Plans and Outcome Reports to the SCB.

    53207906.doc Page 3 of 31 David Storr, Policy and Development Officer, Suffolk SCB 07717 816413 david.storr@socserv.suffolkcc.gov.uk

SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD

    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local authority and partner agencies

    GENERIC STANDARDS FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITY AND ALL

    PARTNER ORGANISATIONS : SECTION 11 CHILDREN ACT 2004

Date audit commissioned by SCB: SCB Lead Officer and contact:

     Date for completion / return: 17/8/07

Organisation / Team: Westminster PCT

Date of Audit: 17/8/07 Person responsible for audit:

    Ann Duncan/ Aileen Hamilton

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SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD

    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local authority and partner agencies

    A: RESPONSIBILITY AND ACOUNTABILITY: SENIOR OFFICERS, COUNCILLORS and MEMBERS OF BOARDS OF

     PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

    STANDARD ACTUAL EVIDENCE POSSIBLE INDICATORS MET/UNMET? ACTION?

     TIMESCALE?

    Chief Nurses Bulletin Met 1. Senior Officers have sound Systems for notifying Senior Officers

     working knowledge of of relevant legislation + guidance

    „The Week „Chief Executive Bulletin relevant legislation and

    guidance re safeguarding Notification to staff with Senior Officer

    and promoting the welfare of endorsement.

     children and young people

     Induction training for all staff Met

    2. working with children to ensure an Senior Officers communicate Publication of safeguarding policy

    understanding of who to phone if to all members of staff the within organisation.

    there are any child protection importance of safeguarding

    concerns and promoting the welfare of Reference to safeguarding and

    children and young people, promoting the welfare of children and

    and that it is everyone’s young people in internal documents

    responsibility etc

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SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD

    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local authority and partner agencies

    Child protection supervision audit Met 3. Senior Officers hold Audit arrangements, and SMART

    managers to account for their action plans

    contribution to safeguarding

    and promoting the welfare of

    children and young people

    through regular monitoring

    and auditing.

     WPCT Child protection team co- Met 4. Senior Officers ensure located in Social Services and based Appropriate attendance at / effective inter-agency and with the duty and assessment team contribution to inter-agency multi-disciplinary working processes. arrangements in respect of WPCT Child Protection Group safeguarding and promoting includes membership form Social Compliance with SCB policy and the welfare of children and Services procedures etc young people. Named Nurse is a member of Issues raised by other agencies are Westminster DV forum addressed Designated and Named Nurse ore

    members of the LSCB sub groups

    and working groups

    Training strategy for child protection/ Met

    safeguarding and joint 5. Senior Officers report Inclusion in training programmes

    commissioning with Social Services identified training needs of

    staff to managers responsible

    for training.

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    SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD

    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local authority and partner agencies

     Met

    Director of Nursing and Quality sits 6. One or more Senior Officer Identified Senior Officer included in

    at Board level has specific responsibility for Job Description. championing the importance

    of safeguarding and Championing activity. promoting the welfare of

    children and young people.

     Chief executive delegated Met

    responsibility to Director of Nursing 7. There are clear lines of Clearly identified lines, issued or

    and Quality accountability regarding notified to all staff. safeguarding and promoting

    the welfare of children and

    young people including who

    has ultimate accountability.

    Incident/ accidents Met

    Training 8. Senior Officers ensure that Compliance.

    Sharing lessons form serious case staff are consistently

    review compliant with the law, Evidence of addressing non-

    Monitoring action plans Working Together”, “What compliance

    To Do If …” and guidance

    provided by Suffolk SCB.

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    SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD

    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local authority and partner agencies

    Yes, regularly receive reports under Met 9. Councillors and Board Overt reference in policies and

    private agenda Members demonstrate a debate.

     commitment to, and have a

    Participation at Overview and good understanding of Information provided by Senior

    scrutiny safeguarding and promoting Officers including briefings

     the welfare of children and

    Planned review for Non Executive young people within Lead councillor identified.

    Director and Professional Executive organisations for which they

    Committee member have responsibility. Training undertaken as appropriate.

B: STAFF: GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    STANDARD ACTUAL EVIDENCE POSSIBLE INDICATORS MET/UNMET? ACTION?

     TIMESCALE?

    Induction training Met 10. Staff understand their Clear instruction.

    Provision at Level 1 2 and 3 responsibilities re Addressed in internal audit /

    Access to LSCB training at Level A, safeguarding and management supervision /

    B & C. promoting the welfare of management review

    Sub- groups at LSCB looks at children and young people

    training including what to do if

    they have concerns and

    how they should contribute

    to any response.

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SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD

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    Designated Nurse and Designated Dr Met

    Named Nurse and Named GP 11. Staff are aware of contact Clear and up-to-date instruction.

     numbers for and the identity Inclusion in training/ induction.

    Contact details are widely of the person to contact in Publicity, and overt encouragement

    disseminated and available on the order to obtain advice to use system.

    website and/or to make a referral Practical checks does this work?

     when they have possible

    Staff have been issued with „What to concerns regarding a child;

    do‟ booklets and PDF copy is and when they need

    available on the PCT intranet information about policy,

     procedure and practice

    issues or the safeguarding

    system.

    Standard 11 should be interpreted according to the arrangements required of or specific to individual organisations.

In the NHS this standard means that:

    ? Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have in place a designated nurse and a designated doctor who have an over-arching responsibility for safeguarding

    and promoting the welfare of children and young people across the PCT area, which includes all providers.

    ? In NHS Trusts (other than Ambulance Trusts, NHS Direct Sites and NHS Walk-In Centres) there is a named doctor and a named nurse who

    provides advice and expertise to fellow professionals and other agencies, and who promotes good professional practice within the trust.

    ? In Ambulance Trusts, NHS Direct Sites and NH advice and NHS Walk-In Centres there is a named professional who provides expertise to fellow

    professionals and other agencies, and promotes good professional practice within the trust.

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    SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD

    Monitoring and evaluating work done by the local authority and partner agencies

    Yes Met 12. Where individual members Job descriptions

    Designated Nurse and Dr of staff hold responsibility Addressed in supervision,

    Named Nurse and GP for providing advice or performance development, etc

    Director of Nursing and Quality expertise re safeguarding Overt publicity. and promoting the welfare Management monitoring of activity.

    of children and young

    people, the nature and

    extent of their responsibility

    is clearly identified in terms

    of their job descriptions,

    and/or in the professional

    codes of conduct that apply

    to the person concerned;

    and by clear lines of

    accountability within their

    organisation.

     Safeguarding audits and children Met Incorporation to Business Plans. Safeguarding and 13. have own objectives within the PCT promoting the welfare of business plan Work objectives for individuals. children and young people responsibilities are Performance development incorporated into Business

    Plans for each team or

    work-group, and (where

    appropriate) into the work

    objectives of individuals.

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