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Section 11 Safeguarding Self-assessment Audit Report

Section 11 (4) of the Children Act 2004 requires each person or body to which the duties apply to have regard to any guidance given to them by the Secretary of State and places a statutory requirement on organisations and individuals to ensure they have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

One way in which Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) discharges this function is by carrying out a Section 11 Audit on an annual basis. The audit enables WSCB to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in safeguarding practice as well as identifying areas for improvement.

A cross section of safeguarding leads from all statutory agencies and other partner agencies are subsequently invited to be interviewed around their experience of completing the audit, what issues arose, how the process could be improved and what else the WSCB could do to help raise awareness of safeguarding.  

The overall response in 2017 was very positive, with 4,828 individual practitioners completing the self-assessment audit questionnaire. This demonstrates a high level of commitment from agencies in carrying out their safeguarding responsibilities effectively.

Read the 2017 Section 11 Self-assessment Audit report

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