Foster And Brown Research

School Safeguarding Audit

School/Setting Safeguarding Audit

Audit input

We were asked to create an online safeguarding audit tool for the Gloucestershire School Safeguarding Board and it may well be that it is useful to others so here it is - please contact us on 01285 700759 or email us if you are interested in using the system in your County.

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 7 sections:

  • Introduction - information relating to the statutary nature of the audit and any other general information/instructions required
  • School/Setting details - such as DSL, deputy DSL, Governor names and training dates
  • Audit questions - Levels attained (1 - 4) with input for evidence
  • Additional questions - Related questions can be put here 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
  • Resources - An area to link to all the useful documentation that is available to help schools/settings comply
  • Help and Support

In addition to all the audit-related inputs (Levels 1 - 4 for each of 24 headings in the 2017/18 audit) other questions can be inserted within the audit section if required

Reporting the data

Once the schools/settings have completed the audit the report has to be prepared for the Safeguarding board by the County Safeguarding Children manager. This is where our Lodeseeker™ reporting software comes in. Unlike our OPS results, where there are multiple responses per school, the audit has a single response per school and the data is easily available via our filtering system. The full power of Lodeseeker™ is available to analyse responses and have data to hand ready to report to the Board.

Schools can also access their own audit inputs on Lodeseeker™. Data from previous years will also be available.

Monitoring progress

Our Monitor tool looks after distribution lists, access levels and passwords and also shows which schools are accessing the audit - or more importantly which schools are not accessing the audit- which makes chasing up a lot easier.

The audit:

Safeguarding Audit Tool - audit questions

A helpful compliance checklist:

Safeguarding Audit Tool - compliance checklist