Section 11 of the Children Act places a statutory duty on key organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In 2018-19 the North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board ( which preceded the NTSCP) carried out an annual audit of all member organisations detailing how their organisation meets the criteria and sub-criteria of eight national safeguarding standards.
Schools had to self-assess themselves against the 68 criteria using a RAG rating whereby Green depicts the school exceeds minimum requirements; Amber depicts meeting the minimum standard but action needs to be taken to bring about improvements and Red indicates the school is below the minimum requirements and action needs to be taken to bring about improvements.
The audit for partners contains the same eight standards as the school audit form, but has only 43 sub-standards.
A copy of the full report for 2018-19 can be found here
Safeguarding Children and Young People Audit Tool for the Private and Voluntary Sector
We have recently designed an audit tool to help organisations in the private and voluntary sector (including churches, other places of worship and faith-based organisations) to assess how well prepared they are for keeping children and young people safe. By using this tool it will help these organisations to identify and plan for any areas for development or improvement.
The voluntary and private sector do not have a statutory responsibility to complete and return the audit, however it is felt that they should have the same safeguarding arrangements in place as organisations in the public sector, and need to work effectively with the NTSCP and therefore they may find this tool useful. To access the tool click on the link below.
Having completed the audit the we would really welcome your feedback by answering three simple questions at the end of the audit and copying them into an e-mail to [email protected]