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Section 11 Self-Evaluation 2018

Improving the way key people and bodies safeguard and promote the welfare of children is crucial to improving outcomes for children and young people. Section 11 (s11) of the Children Act 2004 places a statutory duty on key organisations to make arrangements to ensure that in discharging their functions they have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 require LSCBs to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising organisations on ways to improve. All organisations will therefore be asked to complete a self assessment and provide evidence of how they comply with s11 when carrying out their day-to-day business. This audit will give an indication of how well organisations are working to keep children safe. The audits will be repeated biennially, and agencies will be asked to develop action plans to address any weaknesses identified.

It is important to remember that s11 does not give agencies any new functions, nor does it override their existing functions. Instead, it requires organisations to carry out their existing functions in a way that takes into account the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.The audit is an opportunity for each agency to demonstrate compliance with statutory guidance.

Below are two documents that agencies will need to complete their audit:

SECTION 11 Self-Evaluation Toolkit – Audit Tool and Action Plan

SECTION 11 Self-Evaluation Toolkit – Guidance

The deadline for agencies to submit their completed audit tool and action plan to Katharine.finnigan@eastsussex.gov.uk is Friday 18 May 2018

Changes to the 2018 Version

The 2018 self-assessment tool is now in Excel format to make it more user friendly and accessible. The new Excel format should also allow agencies to better track what standards have been completed and will automatically transfer identified improvements in to a separate action plan. You might also find it helpful to use this Word Document of the Section 11 2018 Standards.

Very limited changes have been made to standards 1-8 of the audit tool. The final section – STANDARD 9: Recognition and Response to Risk – has been updated to reflect changes to local and national safeguarding issues, such as safeguarding children who do not attend school; working with ‘hard to engage’ families; neglect; and online safety. All changes between the 2016 and 2018 versions can be found in the ‘2018 changes’ worksheet of the audit tool.