The Quality Assurance Subgroup undertakes up to six audits annually, including one ‘deep dive’ audit a year. These can be ‘regular case file audits’ scrutinising the entire child protection process, or based on one part of the process or a theme, for example an audit of strategy discussions, cases referred for sexual abuse, or fabricated or induced illness, or cases relating to privately fostered children. In 2019/20 audits have been undertaken on children with disabilities, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, and pre-birth assessments for care leavers.
The audit reports are shared with managers and the ESSCP Steering Group. We also produce audit learning summaries for practitioners and managers, including areas highlighted for improvement and topics for discussion in team meetings and group supervision. Recent summaries on the Children with Disabilities audit and Pre-birth Assessments for Care Leavers have now been uploaded on to the Quality Assurance Group webpage.