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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.


New audit model 

Since 2018-19, the WSCP 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

Download the full calendar below:

Agencies will have the opportunity to upload key documents as evidence and use the findings from the audit to create their own action plan.


Audit Guide

Section 11 175 Audit Guide 2019-20


Quality Assurance

The WSCP schedules a series of Section 11 accountability meetings for agencies to attend and present the findings from their audit and to discuss their safeguarding priorities for the year ahead. Each agency receives a summary of the areas discussed in the meeting and will be offered support with developing action plans

The WSCP dip samples  Section 175 audits completed by schools and will request evidence to support their safeguarding arrangements. The WSCP will 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, we will also publish reports throughout the 2019/20 audit cycle.


Completing the audit


All links will remain live until the end of the 2019/20 audit cycle.

Topic 1:  Policies, Procedures and Thresholds (deadline 31/05/20)

  • Section 11 please follow this link
  • Section 175 (for nurseries, schools, colleges and other providers of education/training) follow this link

Topic 2: Contextual Safeguarding (deadline 31/07/20)

  • Section 11 please follow this link
  • Section 175 (for nurseries, schools, colleges and other providers of education/training) follow this link

Topic 3: Multi-Agency Training (deadline 6/11/20)

  • Section 11 please follow this link
  • Section 175 (for nurseries, schools, colleges and other providers of education/training) follow this link

Topic 4: Safe & Skilled Workforce (deadline 31/01/21)

  • Section 11 please follow this link (coming soon)
  • Section 175 (for nurseries, schools, colleges and other providers of education/training) follow this link (coming soon)

Topic 5: Understanding the Daily Lived Experience of Children (deadline 30/04/21)

  • Section 11 please follow this link (coming soon)
  • Section 175 (for nurseries, schools, colleges and other providers of education/training) follow this link (coming soon)