Foster And Brown Research

School Safeguarding Audit

School/Setting Safeguarding (Section 175) Audit

We have created an online safeguarding audit tool for the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive (GSCE). If you feel it could be useful to you, please contact us on 01285 700759 or email us and we can arrange a demonstration.

We have adapted our survey, reporting and monitoring software to create a simple online tool for schools and settings to enter the audit of statutary duties and associated responsibilities in relation to 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. This is a legal requirement under section 14B of the Children Act 2004 and every school and educational setting has to respond to the audit.

The audit is split into sections:

  • Introduction - information relating to the statutary nature of the audit and any other general information/instructions required
  • Help and Support
  • School/Setting details - such as DSL, deputy DSL, Governor names and training dates
  • Audit and related questions - questions relating to Training, Policies, Procedures, Safe and skilled work and Safeguarding along with related questions such as number of referrals, concerns, early help assessments etc.
  • Compliance Checklist - a list of all that have to be in place to be compliant
  • Action Plan - including a 'Task List' that is auto-generated from the number of questions either not answered or answered with a 'No' so that there is help to create an Action Plan. A template Action Plan is provided with space to edit and store the plan for future reference.
  • Resources - An area to link to all the useful documentation that is available to help schools/settings comply

All statutary audit-related subjects are covered, as well as additional questions relevent to County.

Exporting the audit

The audit can be exported to Word page-by-page, section-by-section or as a full download as required.

Part of the audit Dashboard:

Safeguarding Audit Tool - dashboard

An example page:

Safeguarding Audit Tool - example screenshot