Section 11 audits – information for practitioners

The Children Act (2004) places a statutory obligation on a number of agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people whilst carrying out their normal functions.

One of the functions of the MSCB is to check the effectiveness of local arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. This includes monitoring the effectiveness of organisations’ implementation of their duties under, and in compliance with Section 11 of Children Act 2004 and Section 175 of Education Act 2002.

The MSCB Section 11 audit is completed annually by partner agencies. In Manchester, Section 11 places a duty on:

These organisations should have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:

In addition to these Section 11 duties, which apply to a number of named organisations, further safeguarding duties are also placed on individual organisations through other statutes. The key duties that fall on each individual organisation are set out in Working Together 2015. Read more about this in www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk/chapter_two.

MSCB Section 11 Audit
In order to add extra value to the process a challenge event is organised, which is facilitated by the Independent Chair of the MSCB, with attendance from each agency. The purpose of this event is to offer further challenge and accountability into each Section 11 audit that is returned.

This process has proved extremely successful, changing a paper based response into a dynamic, interactive process allowing both agency representatives and the board an opportunity to examine the responses on the return.

Section 11 assessment findings
Following a Section 11 assessment, the MSCB will produce a report which outlines the findings of the assessment.

All organisations that are subject to Section 11 are committed to making this a transparent and open process and where ever possible to sharing good practice and learning from one another.

If you would like to view the full assessment of a particular organisation then the MSCB can put you in contact with the relevant contact within that organisation.

For more information contact the MSB Policy & Performance Officer on tele: 0161 234 3330 or at manchestersafeguardingboards@manchester.gov.uk

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