School’s Section 175 Audit Tool and Guidance

The audit should be completed by the Headteacher and the Designated Safeguarding Leads consulting with the school’s safeguarding team. The audit, including supporting evidence together with any actions plans should be reviewed during 2018/19 by the Chair of Governors and Link Safeguarding Governor. The outcomes should be shared with the full governing body, discussed and minuted during 2018/19. It is expected practice for the full governing body to have sight of the audit itself at least once a year.

The arrangements for completing the 2018-19 S. 175 on-line safeguarding self-assessment audit. The audit should be completed on-line by July 2019

This annual schools’ safeguarding audit is vital to ensure that Rotherham schools and colleges can demonstrate that they are meeting key statutory duties and following safeguarding children and young people guidance. All settings are being asked to complete the audit on-line, enabling them to provide information to the Rotherham Safeguarding Children Partnership on how they discharge their duties and help to keep children and young people in Rotherham safe.

Section 175 of the 2002 Education Act requires local education authorities and the governing bodies of maintained schools and FE colleges to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Section 157 of the 2002 Education Act and the Independent School Regulations 2003 convey the same responsibilities on all other non-maintained settings.

The audit together with the supporting evidence will significantly support schools preparation for an Ofsted Inspection.

Link to Virtual College (enable) audit tool ‘RSCP Schools Safeguarding Self Assessment Audit Tool March 2018 to July 2019' click here

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If you have any queries in relation to the completion of the Section 175, please contact the RSCP Business Support Unit on: 01709 254924 or Email us

Audit of Safeguarding Arrangements - Audit Tool Guidance Notes