What is Section 11?

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.

What Does Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children Mean?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means:
  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health and/or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe effective care, and
    taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

What is the Responsibility of Wirral Safeguarding Children Board?

All organisations have a general duty to promote and safeguard children. Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) is a statutory body that oversees these arrangements and in order to measure the effectiveness of these duties the Board has developed standards with indicators which can support a judgement.

What are the responsibilities of agencies to comply with Section 11?

Section 11 places a duty on: 

  • local authorities and district councils that provide children’s and other types of services, including children’s and adult social care services, public health, housing, sport, culture and leisure services, licensing authorities and youth services;
  • NHS organisations, including the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups, NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts; 
  • the police, including police and crime commissioners and the chief officer of each police force in England and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London; 
  • the British Transport Police;
  • the Probation Service;
  • Governors/Directors of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions;
  • Directors of Secure Training Centres; and
  • Youth Offending Teams/Services. 
 
Completing and Scoring the Self-assessment
 
This year, the WSCB has developed a new model for Section 11 and 175 to include shorter audits throughout the year. Agencies will have the opportunity to upload key documents as evidence and can use the survey to identify any weaknesses or areas of improvement within their organisation. The audit consists of a series of questions which relate to specific arrangements, including policies, procedures, managing allegations and training which help safeguard children and young people.

When you have completed your audit, a blank Action Plan template can be downloaded from the WSCB website and populated with any areas requiring further improvement. The WSCB will dip sample action plans on an annual basis.
 
To find out more about Section 11, follow the link to our website.

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* 1. Please select your agency from the options below

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* 2. Please provide details of the professional completing this audit

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* 3. Has the designated lead for safeguarding (and the deputy lead) attended appropriate safeguarding training in the last 3 years?

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* 4. Have all staff (including volunteers) received or attended training regarding their safeguarding responsibilities?

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* 5. Is WSCB multi-agency training advertised and promoted to staff in line with the competency framework?

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* 6. How does your organisation identify who requires training and which courses are most suitable?

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* 7. How does your organisation ensure and test the level of understanding and learning following attendance at training?

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* 8. Does your organisation have a designated person who monitors attendance at training and identifies when refresher training is required?

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* 9. Have your staff completed WSCB e-learning courses in the last 12 months?

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* 10. It is expected that attendance at WSCB multi-agency training is followed by completion of an evaluation of learning and attendance at a focus group. Do you encourage your staff to participate?

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* 11. Do you provide/commission single agency safeguarding training for your own staff?

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* 12. What are your agencies’ safeguarding training priorities for the next 12 months? (i.e courses)

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* 13. Use the upload feature to attach any supporting evidence to your audit

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