Section 11 Self-Evaluation
Improving the way key people and bodies safeguard and promote the welfare of children is crucial to improving outcomes for children and young people. Section 11 (s11) of the Children Act 2004 places a statutory duty on key organisations to make arrangements to ensure that in discharging their functions they have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
One of the roles of local safeguarding partnerships is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advising organisations on ways to improve. All organisations are therefore be asked to complete a self assessment and provide evidence of how they comply with s11 when carrying out their day-to-day business. This audit will give an indication of how well organisations are working to keep children safe. The audits will be repeated biennially, and agencies will be asked to develop action plans to address any weaknesses identified.
It is important to remember that s11 does not give agencies any new functions, nor does it override their existing functions. Instead, it requires organisations to carry out their existing functions in a way that takes into account the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.The audit is an opportunity for each agency to demonstrate compliance with statutory guidance.
Below are two documents that agencies will need to complete their audit (2018). These documents will be updated when the section 11 audit is next repeated in 2020.