Safeguarding Children in Brent
Section 11 Audit
Section 11 (s.11) of the Children Act (2004) places a number of duties on a range of organisations (including the contracted services) and individuals to ensure that they conduct their day to day business in a way that takes into account the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
S.11 does not give organisations any new or additional functions, nor does it override their existing functions. Rather, it outlines the need to have in place safe systems and safe processes; for example by ensuring safe recruitment of staff, by providing appropriate training and by having up to date policies which all staff know how to access.
The LSCB strongly encourages all agencies that work with children and young people in Brent to ensure their arrangements reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) requires LSCBs to gather information to assess and monitor compliance that partners are meeting the above statutory obligations.
Brent LSCB conducts an annual Section 11 audit, the last Section 11 audit was undertaken between May and October 2017.