Section 11 and 175 Audit
What is Section 11/ 175?
The Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) is the key statutory body for coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in Wirral. It is the duty of the WSCP to hold agencies to account in terms of their safeguarding arrangements and practices.
The WSCP uses a variety of ways to test the strength of safeguarding arrangements across agencies in Wirral but one of the key ways is by the use of an annual safeguarding audit called the Section 11 Audit (for organisations) and a Section 175 Audit (for schools and colleges).
Section 11 was issued under the Children Act (2004) and has been reinforced in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. Section 11 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.
Section 11 places a duty on:
- local authorities and any services they commission, 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;
- Schools and colleges (under Sections 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002).
- 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 UK Border Agency (and under Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009)
- Housing Authorities (and under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004)
- the Probation Service;
- Governors/Directors of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions;
- Directors of Secure Training Centres; and
- Youth Offending Teams/Services (and under Section 38 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998).
The advice of the WSCP is if you are delivering services in a position of trust directly or indirectly to children and young people you must complete the Section 11/ 175 safeguarding audit.
Since 2019 the WSCP has used a new model for Section 11 and 175 to include shorter audits throughout the year using Survey Monkey.
The topics are listed below:
- Policies, Procedures & Thresholds
- Contextual Safeguarding
- Multi-agency Training
- Safer Workforce
- Understanding the Daily Lived Experience of Children
- Local Priorities & Learning
Agencies will have the opportunity to upload key documents as evidence and use the findings from the audit to create their own action plan.
The next cycle of audits will begin in April 2022.
The WSCP dip samples audits throughout the year and will provide direct feedback to those agencies selected at random.
The WSCP will also offer support to schools via a ‘health check’. For more details, please contact Amanda Waterfall.
Action Plan Template
Agencies can use the template below to record actions highlighted by the Section 11/175 audits. The WSCP dip samples Action Plans on an annual basis to track progress made by agencies.
Findings from audits
Findings from previous Section 11 audits published here.
Completing the audit
Topic 1: Policies, Procedures and Thresholds
Deadline 13th May 2022
Topic 2: Contextual Safeguarding
Deadline 30th June 2022
Topic 3: Multi-Agency Training
Topic 4: Safe & Skilled Workforce
Topic 5: Understanding the Daily Lived Experience of Children
Topic 6: Local Priorities & Learning