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 Partnership?

All organisations have a general duty to promote and safeguard children. Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) is a statutory body that oversees these arrangements and in order to measure the effectiveness of these duties the Partnership 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 and agencies and the independent sector, including NHS England and clinical commissioning groups, NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts and General Practitioners
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 National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies35
Governors/Directors of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs)
Directors of Secure Training Centres (STCs)
Principals of Secure Colleges
Youth Offending Teams/Services (YOTs)


Completing and Scoring the Self-assessment

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 agencies have completed their audit, a blank Action Plan template can be downloaded from the WSCP website and populated with any areas requiring further improvement. The WSCP will dip sample action plans on an annual basis.


PRINTING YOUR AUDIT
To keep a copy of your audit, fill in the questions and press print before you click 'done'. The WSCP keep copies of every audit, you can request a copy of your audit by contacting Kat Ryan.

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

Safer Recruitment

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* 3. Does your agency have a robust safer recruitment policy in place which all staff are aware of?

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* 4. Has a senior member of staff in your agency has received Safer Recruitment training?

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* 5. Do recruitment adverts include your agencies' commitment to safeguarding children?

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* 6. Do all staff have DBS checks or evidence of checks from a relevant agency?

Information Sharing

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* 7. Does your organisation have a clear procedure for sharing information with other professionals, agencies and the WSCP?

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* 8. Do staff in your agency have the opportunity to receive reflective supervision?

Whistleblowing, Complaints and Escalation

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* 9. Does your organisation have a whistleblowing policy and systems in place for professionals and public?

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* 10. Does your organisation have a complaints policy and systems in place for professionals, young people and their families?

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* 11. Do staff know how to access the WSCP multi-agency escalation procedure for disagreements about the course of action for a child?

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* 12. How does your agency promote the use of the WSCB multi-agency escalation procedure?

Managing Allegations

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* 13. Does your organisation have a clear policy (in line with WSCB guidance) for dealing with allegations against professionals?

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* 14. Has the designated lead person for safeguarding attended managing allegations training in the last 3 years?

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* 15. Does the designated lead know how to contact and refer to the LADO?

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* 16. Are all staff aware of their responsibilities to the managing allegations process including compliance with the 24 hour reporting timescale?

Evidence

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* 17. If you have any evidence to support your response to this topic, please use the upload feature below or e-mail Kat Ryan with your evidence.

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