Professionals and organisations protecting children and young people need to reflect on the quality of their services and learn from their own practice and that of others. Good practice should be shared so that there is a growing understanding of what works well. Conversely, when things go wrong there needs to be a rigorous, objective analysis of what happened and why, so that important lessons can be learnt and services improved to reduce the risk of future harm to children.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board is committed to ensuring that learning is shared as widely as possible with professionals across all agencies.
Our practitioner briefings are designed to make frontline staff and managers aware of the recommendations from multi-agency audits and local and national Serious Case Reviews. They recognise areas of good practice that can be shared and build upon and identify areas in which there may be policy, training and development needs
The briefings compliment our learning events that take place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough throughout the year. Details of our learning events can be found here
One of the core functions of a Local Safeguarding Children Board is to co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each person or body for those purposes.
Working Together requires a Learning and Improvement Framework to enable professionals and organisations protecting children to reflect on the quality of their service and learn from their practice and that of others.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board has published a Learning and Improvement Framework to ensure agencies are clear about their responsibilities, learn from their experiences and improve services as a result.
Section 11 Audit
Section 11 (s11) of Children Act 2004 puts a legal duty on a range of organisations to ensure that their functions – and any that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board has a key role in achieving high standards in safeguarding and promoting welfare, not just through co-ordinating services but also through evaluation and continuous improvement.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Boards have developed a safeguarding audit tool to help organisations undertake their own quality assurance process in regard to safeguarding and child protection.
Online Safeguarding Audit Tool
This self-evaluation tool provides a checklist for organisations to evaluate risks, strengths and weaknesses and the extent to which an organisation is meeting requirements to manage and reduce online abuse and where there may be action points for future improvement.
The audit has been structured in line with Becta’s PIES model. This was an effective framework developed to provide a safeguarding strategy for organisations. It offers a simple way of mitigating against risks through a combination of effective Policies and practice, a robust and secure technology Infrastructure, and Education and training for learners and employees alike, underpinned by Standards and inspection.