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Helping to achieve best practice in safeguarding children within Derbyshire, ensuring that every Derbyshire learner attends a 'Good' or 'Outstanding' Ofsted rated school.

Section 175 safeguarding audit 2022 to 2023

Headteachers, principals and designated safeguarding leads:

Up until this academic year, there have been two safeguarding audits for schools, mirroring the two old local safeguarding boards in Derby and Derbyshire.

The Derbyshire 175 audit tool was managed by the local authority via the child protection manager for schools, while the Derby equivalent was led by Carol Woods, with input from the Derby Education subgroup.

As a result of the pandemic, this arrangement continued for longer than anticipated; however we have now agreed to have one joint safeguarding audit tool and reporting process.

 The plan of action is:

  • Develop the joint audit tool over summer for sign off at the Derbyshire (27/09/2022) and Derby Education subgroups (13/10/2022).
  • Audit tool to be finalised and circulated to Derby and Derbyshire schools by the end of October at the latest.
  • Schools to confirm completion and respond to a short questionnaire any time from the date they receive the audit, through to a deadline to be agreed around the end June 2023. Copies of completed audits will not be requested.

A similar process is happening with the template policy, however we plan on sharing this with schools prior to the start of the new academic year. It will then be amended with any changes made to the final KCSIE Sept 2022; as we know there are always a few. The final version will be signed off at both Education subgroups and recirculated to Derby and Derbyshire schools.

The audit helps schools to:

  • keep abreast of expectations, both nationally and locally, in how to help children and young people meet their needs, and in keeping them safe in your setting.
  • ask key questions around the governance of safeguarding.
  • know when some sections do not apply to post 16.
  • respond to the need for early help.
  • raise awareness and respond to specific safeguarding issues as outlined by the KCSIE.
  • respond to statutory requirements under DBS and safer recruitment.
  • promote safer working practices.
  • collect and store data section to help you collect important safeguarding data, to share with governors, the DDSCP and Ofsted.

A completed audit enables:

  • a designated lead/link safeguarding governor to have an understanding of the safeguarding arrangements in the school.
  • SMART planning and gap analysis.
  • the findings to be presented to the governing body.

If you have any queries or issues please contact: CS.CPMSchools@derbyshire.gov.uk